I’ve come to believe that, at different points in your life, you’re drawn to the things that matter to you most in that period. The things that you need the most perhaps. Looking back at my camera roll from the past 18 months, filled with screen grabs of quotes from various social media posts and signs spotted on my travels, the quotes I saved seem almost unbelievable when compared with the phase in my life at that time.
Clearly, I was looking for something. And find it I did. Though, naturally, life continues to be a journey. Some of these still resonate with me today, whilst others seem better suited for another person at another time. I think that’s the harsh beauty of change, life is always an adventure but at times it can be a little tricky to recognised yourself at various stages along the way.
This first quote was particularly poignant to me after the loss of my mum. When you’re stuck in a dark hole like that it can feel that nothing good is going to happen again. This was a much needed reminder that life goes on, and there is light at the end eventually.
I took this photo on our first morning in L.A. which just so happened to be the start of one of the best adventures of my life so far! Given the jet lag I was experienced at the time, it seemed rather appropriate! And we all know, I bloody love coffee.
I once heard a great line on Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast. I forget who she was talking with now but they were discussing how, in life, we feel a constant need for improve. A constant need to keep that line on the graph pointed upwards, to be getting better. In actual fact, sometimes we need a flatline from time to time. Time to settle, and just be. I felt this fit rather well with that, and is so so needed when times get tough. I think we can all benefit from being a little kinder to ourselves.
Of course not everyone feels the desire to work for themselves, but whatever your dream this one offers a gentle reminder to chase it rather than always giving in to somebody else’s. And on that note…
…there is no limit. No limit to the possibilities and magic that can be created. I found this one on Health Bloggers Community’s Instagram – when don’t cookies make things better?!
This has been one of my favourites for years now. I’m not sure where it came from but it provides a fantastic excuse for my inevitable forgetfulness! And, well c’mon, it’s Winnie the Pooh!
Finally, it’s worth remembering that we can’t sit around forever.
It’s funny now when I look at the times I saved these quotes. Some at two in the morning when I couldn’t sleep, others when returning from holiday and thumping back into reality. And some when having simple moments of inspiration and sheer sheer joy. I hope that one of these may resonate with you too and help inspire your own journey.
P.S. I don’t have the original sources for all of these so please do let me know if any need to be added. Thanks!