15th July 2013

“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.” 

Mahatma Gandhi

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.

27th May 2013

“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” 

Victoria Holt

This is a quote I’ve had sitting in my drafts box since April 3rd; I’ve wanted to post it up for a while but I think now is the right time to do so for me. Regrets can be the worst things ever, ever, ever so I think this is a better, more positive way to regard decisions and actions..

 

 

23rd April 2013

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the harbour. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.”

Mark Twain

In 20 years time, I’ll be 40 years old. Scary. Better heed Mr Twain’s advice sooner than later!

14th March 2013

“Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true.”

Billy Joel, Vienna

This is again a song that came up recently and this line reminded me about having expectations for things. Sometimes you get your hopes up so high that you are inevitably let down no matter what, and at other times, you can be so negative towards something that you don’t even let it make you happy. This is a funny line, as the ‘not imagining they’ll all come true’ part seems really pessimistic, but at the same time, it hints at reality in quite a well-balanced way.

26th February 2013 – A WHOLE YEAR!

“To laugh often and love much;

 to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children;

to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self;

to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;

to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

So, here we are. It has been a whole year since I decided to start this blog. 205 posts, 840 tags and 80 followers later, I’ve recorded many of my thoughts and experiences of the past year. It started off being something I wanted to do for myself, to express my thoughts and feelings, but the fact that people took to the blog so well and gave me such positive feedback made it feel like something really worth doing and writing about. My  sentences and choice of word may not have been the most sophisticated, but I wrote as I thought and went along with it. I think I find some solace by relating to the words of other people, knowing that what I’m trying to figure out myself has been discussed before. For me, this blog was a bit like a diary, but it recorded some of the more intangible, emotional parts of my year too.

This quote was one that was given to me by a teacher after my GCSEs in year 11, so nearly 5 years ago. It was on my bedroom wall at home, in uni halls and in my second year home too. I really liked understanding somebody else’s criteria for success and these ones seem accessible to everyone, regardless of circumstance and situation. For me, over the past year, I would say that I managed to do or experience most, if not all, of these things and they bring up happy, positive things for me, as well as reminding me how I have grown and changed. The most basic things life can offer: song, laughter, playing – are the ones that essentially have meaning when it comes down to it past the trouble, strife and difficulty of everyday life. If I take what Mr Emerson says to be true, then I have had a successful year.

Although ‘My Year in Quotes’ is technically up, I don’t think I will stop posting just yet. If and when I come across something interesting or when I feel the need to express myself, I will write about it here. Looking over this makes me wonder if things are different after 12 little months. Have I changed? Perhaps. I would say I am more self aware and perceptive, and I know that I am braver when it comes to facing scary or difficult things. I am more able to see and remind myself of what is truly important but in other ways I am more confused about the world (a feeling I don’t think will lessen the more the years pass.)

One thing this blog has highlighted for me is just how quickly time disappears; its a little frightening, really. Maybe one day in the future, I’ll look back and think ‘wasn’t I a whinge bag’ or ‘gosh, I was innocent and naive’ or maybe I’ll just cringe at some of the things I have said (most probable) but most importantly, I hope to look on it and think of happy memories and many, many smiles.*

*this is something I can cringe about in the future.

24th September 2012

“I need sunshine, I need angels, I need something good, yeah I need blue skies, I need them old times, I need something good.”

Maverick Sabre, I Need

The words to this song express a lot for me; I think the simplicity of the words is what make them so easy to relate to and so beautiful.

21st August 2012

“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you lose your heartaches, whatever you wish for, you keep…”

A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Cinderella

I absolutely love the Disney princess classics; Cinderella has to be one of my all time favourties. I love how the lyrics are so innocent and simple and also quite inspiring. Last night I had one of those dreams that I wanted to carry on for a few more hours and I woke up feeling happy. I can’t quite remember what happened but it was a good ‘un! These song lyrics led to me spending most of my morning reliving my inner child, watching Disney songs on YouTube. Click here for the song…