You Can Quote Me on this One
I love words.
Must come as a shock from a girl who has her own blog, and writes for the pure pleasure of doing so huh?... Sike.
I'm that girl who has a million things to say, but sometimes the organization of those words, doesn't come out as eloquently as I would like them to, so I find a quote. In fact it's one of my favorite hobbies: to scroll through the internet, finding bits of fantastic writing that apply to my life either literally, or futuristically. I thought I might share a few with you in hopes they make you feel the same way.
Without this one, I'm not sure I would have even started college. Although, the beautiful thing about this quote, is that there are so many beginnings and firsts in this life, and so many chances to start over. I think it's a great reminder of the capabilities we have as people to be who we want, and live the life we want to, if only we have the courage to do so.
we are hard pressed on all sides,but not crushed:perplexed but not in despair:persecuted but not ABandoned: struck down but not destroyed. Therefore I will not lose heart.
Talk about saving grace verse in this sea of confusion called college. I love to remember this when all seems lost: I'm drowning in homework, I had the bare minimum amount of sleep, or I'm really missing home. How good to know that when it seems you've reached the breaking point, God's got you to say "You're not done yet, and you can do it."
Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you.
This is from one of my favorite books Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (I would also highly recommend this for a good read by the way). I like quotes that spin perspective, and I'd never heard something like this before. When you really think about it, not doing what you want is the risk. Not taking the risky job, not going on the risky vacation, you risk missing out on life experiences by choosing not to takes risks, just like if you would take them.
Where you invest your life, there your heart will be also
This last weekend I went on a retreat with my college youth group where we learned a lot about our relationships with other people and ourselves. Randy Gariss was the speaker here, and, man, if I could put his messages on my blog, I bet I would get some attention. Anyways, this quote came from him, and it has a lot more too it than you think. It's the same concept of, what you put into it: sports, academics, family, friends, is what you'll get out of it. The second I take a half step back from a person, my heart will take a whole step. The more you put into the people you love, the more your heart will grow to care about them. Insert anything else in the same place as people you love, and you'll get the same result.
For growth to occur, YOu have to be uncomfortable.
I'm not sure where I heard this quote, but it's one of my least favorites because this one has put me in situations where I didn't feel comfortable, safe, or even like myself. But it's in these situations that I learned the most about myself, and came out way stronger, smarter, more courageous than before. So while it sucks in the moment, I look back and realize it's gotten me a lot further than any of the others, so I'll give it some credit.
Sadly, I wasn't the person to come up with the wisdom to come up with these quote, but man am I glad someone was.
Late Night Purging
Out with the old, to make room for the new.
Evening dear readers, I'm coming to you live from a freshly polished room.
About every few months or so, I get this ridiculous urge that I need to re-organize my entire room, and typically I don't start this project until around 10pm (for reasons unknown) . It usually looks something like this...
About the time everyone goes to bed, I'm still wide awake, and not ready to settle in for the night. Rather than laying in bed restless until my eyes finally close, I'll start to clean my room, just tidying things up here and there. Then I'll look at my closet and think Wow, that looks really unorganized, I should probably do something about my mess of a life. So, I do. That sweatshirt I haven't worn since sophomore year, gone. Those sandals that got demolished at the beach last summer, done-zo. The scarves that didn't make the cut to the college closet, see ya later! By the end of the night, I had a bag of garbage, a sack of Goodwill clothes, and a clearer mind.
It's a great feeling once all the old has been cleared out. There's a sense of accomplishment, and a feeling of clarity in the air. Like, just because that old raggedy scarf is gone, the world is a much brighter place, less complicated place.
It's amazing what a physical sense of organization will do for the mind. Seeing the de-clutter of my closet gives off the illusion that the clutter going on in my head is now organized too. It's a tangible way to feel like things might possibly be in control, even if in reality they aren't.
Just like going back to school is going to be a whirlwind of having no control for awhile. New teachers, new classes, new time frames. Talk about chaos. So rather than sitting in realization of this future reality, I chose to demo my closet.
Good one Lys.
Laying in my bed later that night, I of course reflected on the course of my actions. As I wondered why said purge had to taken place, I realized the root of the problem.
No one likes to feel out of control. It's scary, and unnerving, and straight up uncomfortable. So we overcompensate. We schedule things down to the second in our planner, we make a long list of everything that needs to get done... or we clean out the closet. There's nothing wrong with this, unless of course you're ignoring the problem and hiding behind a big mountain of clutter because one day, that mountain will come crashing down on top you, and you'll finally realize what was wrong all along. The key is to sit back at the end of the organization frenzy, and realize what's really going on inside your head. Maybe work's gotten a little crazy, or there's a ton of homework that you just don't have time to get through.
Regardless,at some point in our lives things will be out of our control, because we can't always be in the driver's seat. However, we do have the choice to see what's right in front of our faces, and deal with it head on, rather than looking in the rearview mirror and pretending we don't see what's coming.
To express, explain, and exclaim the lessons life continually throws at me, and my take on how to deal.