Thoughts from Books (#3)

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

Some people believe that I have my life in order, and that I know exactly what I want to do and how to attain it. Honestly, though, I don’t. I’m struggling just like everyone else. Am I good enough? Does anyone actually like me? These thoughts plague my mind continually, and are some of my deep-rooted insecurities.

It’s okay if you don’t “have it all together.” Don’t be ashamed of your problems or discouraged by your thoughts. Don’t hide behind a mask of “perfection” and good behaviour because it’s expected of you; let others know that you are just as broken as they are, if not more so. Don’t just be someone who others can look up to; be someone that they can relate to. Be a friend. Be honest – both to yourself, and to others. Let’s stop pretending and struggle together.

Which quotes have resonated with you lately?

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Thoughts from Books (#2)

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

It’s funny how much your life can change in a matter of a few months, both for better and for worse. The former is quite easy to deal with. For the latter, it is important to realize that change is a natural and necessary part of life; we are always experiencing changes, whether they’re small, like trying out a new hairstyle, or large, like the end of a relationship. The only thing that we can do is move forward with the realization that these changes have led us to become stronger, wiser individuals than we were previously – even if we can’t see it straight away.

Which quotes have resonated with you lately?

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Thoughts from Books (#1)

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

This is a quote that has resonated with me since the first time that I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. We are our biggest critics, and often don’t realize how truly beautiful and incredible we are. We have a hard time accepting the love and encouragement that our family, friends and loved ones offer, since we don’t see ourselves clearly; our sights are consumed by what we deem to be “flaws.” We settle for second best, since we don’t feel that we are deserving of anything better. This applies not only to relationships, but also jobs, the way that we perceive the world, and the way that we see ourselves. Loving others comes much more easily than loving ourselves, but both are equally important. We need to rid ourselves of the feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness and embrace our whole being – flaws and all – as something that is beautiful, valuable, good enough for anything, and worthy of being loved.

What are some quotes that resonated with you lately?

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