Its no surprise that my favorite quotes are not from great thinkers or philosophers. My favorite quotes come from things I enjoy and relate to most, entertainment. There are two that stick out in my mind as something I really remember.
My first quote is from Les Miserables. This was the first Broadway show I ever saw. I remember sitting in the balcony with my Nanie so immersed in the story that I could not take my eyes off of the stage. It was so emotionally charged but I remember at the end the main character singing the words “To love another person is to see the face of God”. Even now I tear up hearing those words. Some times we are so bogged down in our own needs. Humans are selfish creatures and I am no exception. Each day we can find something to complain about. Why didn’t I get that promotion? Why can’t I have a nicer car like the neighbor? Why me? Why me? Why me? What we should really be doing is investing our time in others. If you put others first would you be thinking about all the why mes?
I know this because by loving the people around me I become a better person. God puts everyone in your life for a reason. I can’t image what my world would be like if I had a different mother or never met my husband. If I didn’t work with the people I do or interact with the kids I work with. All of those people help to shape and mold the person I am.
My second quote is from the Hunger Games series. My favorite character of all the books was Finnick Odair. In the last book Finnick tells Katniss “It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart”. I have said those words in my head over and over again when I feel anxious. I have actually even thought about getting those words as a tattoo at some point. This is especially close to my heart in terms of my anxiety. I know I speak a lot about my anxiety and depression but in a way it is helpful for me to express that out loud instead of bottling it in. There are many times when I feel hopeless. I don’t understand how life can be so unfair to one single person sometimes. I get tired of fighting. I get tired of working for nothing. I get tired of failing. But I have to remind myself its not ok to fall apart completely. I am still alive and breathing and I can handle any challenge that comes my way.