“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
I think that there is a lot to be said about the power of positive thought, about having resilience and belief in one’s self and abilities. More often than not, when I tell myself that I can do something, no matter how difficult it may seem, I manage to get on with it with more ease than if I let myself be threatened by it. I think the power of the mind and of thought is a great thing. It takes a lot to build up self-belief, especially in moments where things seem hard- personally, I have only been able to build up my own self-belief by getting through and conquering my more difficult life experiences, but the strength that comes from knowing you can do something is powerful. It is something I remind myself of time and time again when I feel vulnerable.
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
In September this year, I head off to France for 9 months to study at the Université Catholique de L’Ouest in Angers. It is going to be an amazing opportunity for me; I should come back fluent in French and equipped with many life skills. But. I’m going to admit here that I am absolutely terrified. I have always been a girl who loves home, comfort and especially the people who make my surroundings the home I consider it to be. Moving away from everybody is going to be a massive step for me but I take comfort in knowing that France is a hop, skip and a jump over the channel and also in that I have obliged all of my loved ones to visit me haha! I think I take a bit of solace in this quote too; knowing that I can take these things and people along with me, no matter how far, because distance does not affect bonds and relationships. (*cringes a little at soppiness*)
“Won’t you help me sing another song of freedom? Cause all I ever have, redemption songs.”
Bob Marley, Redemption Song
I’ve always been familiar with this song, but one day on holiday, a lady came to the hotel to sing and she sang this song and to see it in that emotional context and history of slavery, torment and freedom made it so much more significant for me. Actually visiting a place like Tobago, which has such a strong, yet bitter, British history made me think of a part of history that I’d never really considered properly before, and it was something by which I felt very moved.
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but our self can free our minds.”