“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.
“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus, Return to Tipasa, 1952
Today I think I realised how much stronger and better and happier I have become. It feels really good, so I thought I’d share that on here.
“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*)
“I want to break free. I want to break free from your lies, you’re so self-satisfied, I don’t need you.”
Queen, I Want to Break Free
Just a song that has been in my head all day long 🙂
“I know that I’ll get through this, I know that I am strong.”
Ok, cringe moment of the month has arrived. In our student house, we have taken to revising together in our living room to the background noise of cheesy 80’s and 90’s hits. We got particularly passionate singing along with this song. I do love it though.
“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”
Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
I watched the first Harry Potter film with some housemates today – such a blast from the past!