“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West
“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” ― Marilyn Monroe
I love quotes…so much so that I have a whole board dedicated to them on pinterest…yeah…that means it is major! But seriously, I do love them. I think the ones I love most tend to not necessarily be from a specific topic such as love, life or the pursuit of happiness but from people that i feel like really made a dent in culture or society. Take the 3 quotes above….Mae West was one h*ll of a cool lady who, in her time, rocked the boat and was considered provocative and I guess she was. Marilyn was such a sex symbol and J.K. got kids to put down their Xbox controllers and read a book.
Now, I don’t select them because they are women…I honestly tend to lean more toward male wisdom (another post for another day) but I choose them because I think these quotes in particular are kind of powerful and I’ll explain why…
I think alot of us go through life just by going through the motions. We go to school to get a job after college….I’m not sure that alot of us know what our passions are…I didn’t for a while and maybe still don’t all the time know what they are. Mae’s quote makes me realize the weight of our lives. Sometimes all I can want is a quiet life where everything is safe and planned out but then the core of me screams, “Heck no! Get out there and make some waves in a good way!” I want to look back on my life and tell my grandkids (ya, know if i have any) that sometimes life isn’t about doing what is safe or controlled…some of the best lessons (and maybe stories) in my life are from times where I just kinda threw caution to the wind and went with it. When my neice was going to college I wrote her a card that I later found out she kept. In it I said, “These are some of the best times of your life….make mistakes, question everything but look for the answers in solid places and people…get a tattoo, pierce something (she has done both)…whatever! just find yourself.” Make your life count…..do it right….leave a legacy no matter how small.
Marilyn-listen…she had issues but she was kinda cool. I know some of it was tragic and such but she makes a good point in the quote I have for her. The reason I love this one so much is because the majority of us want to be loved, accepted and appreciated. Depending on how twisted your upbringing was, you have different ideas on how that looks. I think for me, I tend to have a hard time believing someone could love my emotional mess. My life wasn’t perfect, it was healthy in alot of ways but it wasn’t all bad either. I struggle with feeling like I need to be perfect for my future husband….the perfect homemaker, wife, friend, lover, mother whatever it is….I tend to hid the dark and twisty times I go thru b/c some how I have it in my brain that I’m not allowed to have those times. I’m really hard on myself. I re-read this quote over and over b/c it is a good reminder to me that sometimes I’m all of those things and someone out there is going to figure it out sooner or later so he better be able to handle it 🙂 because if he can’t-he ain’t worth it!
Lastly, don’t dwell on dreams…don’t get me wrong…I’m not saying don’t dream. You HAVE to have dreams to work toward but don’t let them be just that-dreams…make them your reality! I’m slowly getting there with some dreams I don’t think will ever come true and they won’t as long as I think that way! Like Maya Angelou said, “Grab life by the collar and say LET’S DO THIS!”
What are your life quotes? What inspires you? Who do you read to light a fire under your rear?