Some Words I Like

I don’t know what to write about today. I could talk about work, but I don’t feel like it. I could talk about house progress, but I don’t feel like it. I could talk about job progress, but I don’t feel like it. I’m in a “I CANNOT WRIIIIIIITE” mood, but I committed to writing today. So here I am.

And since I can’t word, I’ll let others word for me. I’m gonna share some quotes that are special to me, and hopefully you’ll enjoy them as well.

Piss off. ~ Ezekiel

One of my personal favorites.

Become who you are. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

I love this sentiment. Love it.

Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul…seek solitude. ~ Eugรจne Delacroix

No problem here, though sometimes I fear the ideas are too grand and austere!

If I stayed here, something inside me would be lost forever – something I couldn’t afford to lose. It was like a vague dream, a burning, unfulfilled desire. The kind of dream people have only when they’re seventeen. ~ Haruki Murakami

“The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time. ~ Haruki Murakami

It’s no secret I love Murakami. I know a lot of people think he’s overrated. To be fair, I had no fucking idea he was some famous author. Someone had Kafka on the Shore on a reading list, and I was transported when I read it. His words, his worlds, were enticing, maddening, emotional, real, surreal, transcendent. And the pursuit of his words and his ideas kept me going in dark times. I haven’t read all of his works yet – I was reading them back to back, but I had to stop because I am not in a hurry to not have any of his b0oks to look forward to.

Those two quotes above are probably self-explanatory as to why they’re meaningful to me. Dreaming and the pursuit of those dreams is what I’m clinging to right now. I cannot stop dreaming. I cannot stop pursuing those dreams. It is vital that I do not.

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Isn’t that the fucking truth? What a beautiful sentiment, and I like to think that this is part of why I’m wounded. I just hope I don’t end up destroyed…but in the end, that’s up to me, isn’t it?

Hemingway is another that is either loved or hated, and I have no shame in saying I love his work.

Quit assuming others have it better, or you have it worse. Everyone suffers tremendously in life. It’s rude to belittle someone’s suffering, thinking yours is greater. Don’t judge someone’s suffering as better or worse. A dark life can be lived brightly, because pain gave great perspective and wisdom. An average and easy life can be its own kind of tragedy, suffering a mundane deadness. A great life can spoil under great fortune. It’s hard having nothing. It’s hard having everything. It’s hard. Suffering is very personal and cannot be measured by someone from the outside. Everyone suffers in different ways. Life is not a suffering contest; the contest is for compassion. ~ Bryant McGill

I used to be a lot better at this perspective. In fact, I used to remind others about this – that you never know what others are going through, no matter what it looks like on the outside. As I’ve grown older and more storm-tossed, I’ve grown more bitter. I know this, but I’m more concerned about it now as it’s been brought to my attention by others. “Don’t get so jaded you can no longer see the light, Stephanie.” “Don’t get so self-righteous in your struggles that you forget others struggle, too.” Important reminders, and I definitely need to work harder on seeing the good in people again. I readily admit I see more bad than good, and it’s dangerous for the psyche.

Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen. ~ Anne Lamott

Whew. That. Right. There. Is so fucking important. I’m incredibly guilty of passing up on experiences and opportunities because of self-doubt, self-loathing, fear, etc. I already live in regret of things I passed up for those reasons, and yet I continue to do so even now. I’m not gonna lay on my deathbed upset that someone saw my fat rolls. No. I’ll be upset that I didn’t jump in the ocean because this is my life, and I want to jump in the ocean…but I didn’t because fear. We must stop allowing fear dominion over our lives.

And finally, yet again, because I must remind myself of this on the daily:




44 thoughts on “Some Words I Like

  1. For someone who isn’t in a writing mood, you’ve sure managed to put together an inspirational post! Love the quotes you’ve chosen…Hemingway is awesome.
    Where’s Alan Watts? Surprised not to see any of his sayings.

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  2. I definitely needed that Rollins quote today, that’s for sure. Also, after reading your praise, I definitely want to check out Murakami’s work!

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  3. My favourite quote at the moment comes from the character Morty in the cartoon Rick and Morty;

    Nobody exists on purpose.
    Nobody belongs anywhere.
    We’re all going to die,
    Come watch tv

    You’re quotes are better though.

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      1. I want to go to space. I stopped caring about earth some years ago. Sometimes it’s good to watch space documentaries, reminds you how small you are compared to the majesty of the universe. That’s why I love the show so much, so nihilistic.

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      2. We are only one planet in our small solar system, which is one of thousands that make up our Milky Way. Then all the thousands of milky ways make up our universe. And past our universe is a tonne of other universes made up of the same thing. I would love to see that too, but it’s going to be hard to drag me out of the city.

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      3. I don’t think I could ever be a big city girl – although, there’s a certain beauty to the ones I’ve visited and a strange anonymity in the masses. But I’m so tired of living inside city limits…I don’t like neighbors…at all.

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      4. I don’t like people either, it’s weird. But the city is safe, and a lot of terrible shit happened to me as a kid in the forest I grew up in (really bushy area, I’m obviously not a tree person or something), no one can hear you scream down there, everyone can in the city. I don’t like people but I still feel safer amongst the masses.

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      5. Yeah, that’s why it was such a big thing that I’m moving out of Melbourne, where I’m going isn’t Melbourne but it’s the closest I’ll get to a mini city an hour out of Melbourne.

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    1. Aha oui! Je furtivement ma tรชte et faire un peu visiter aujourd’hui. Je pense que mon esprit est plus clair maintenant que j’ai pris moi-mรชme hors de tous les mรฉdicaments de psych. Et bonjoir mon amie!!

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