Clearly, the year of 2016 was all about realizing. Let 2017 be your redemption.
We could’ve made an excuse out of not knowing what to do at the time, or being overwhelmed with thoughts and just simply letting things be (or slide). But now, it’s time to really make this year ours.
And what better way to do that than through powerful quotes that will help us coast through each month of 2017 in a light, easy breeze.
“Regardless of religion, creed, belief or non-belief, may we all find common ground in the New Year by aligning with this universal principle, choosing to bring loving motivations to all we think, say and do. Love is our common birthright, our Divine calling to lasting peace, joy and success together as one family, one nation and one world.”
Start the year right. Start change within yourself. The world will not adjust, but the universe can be a kind place sometimes. Be the light you’d want to see when it’s dark.
“A man does not really begin to be alive until he has lost himself, until he has released the anxious grasp which he normally holds upon his life, his property, his reputation and position.”
Don’t be so hard on yourself.
“Our lives are not as limited as we think they are; the world is a wonderfully weird place; consensual reality is significantly flawed; no institution can be trusted, but love does work; all things are possible; and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously.”
You are allowed to live. To feel alive. Don’t just take part in the moment, be in the moment. You’ll find life’s a lot easier and much more fun that way.
“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”
Don’t be afraid to feel pain. It’s natural and inevitable. Embrace your ability to live through it.
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
Likewise, don’t be afraid of making mistakes. That’s the best way you’ll learn.
“It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.”
There really isn’t quite like feeling empowered by none other than yourself.
“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
Be courageous. You start from there and you move beyond.
“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
Don’t scare yourself shitless if you don’t feel comfortable. Tiny steps before jumping the big guns. Then scare yourself shitless and leap without certainties; make that radical change.
“Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it in, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life’s bittersweet route.”
Be yourself. Fuck the norms, fuck society. Be your-freakin-self.
“You have to stop believing that you need other people’s permission to be okay with yourself.”
You have yourself. When the rest of the world goes awry, you have yourself. If you’ve learnt that, what you have to learn now is the fact that it’s okay. It’s okay to only have yourself sometimes, flaws and imperfections and cuts and screws included.
“And to all the young people in particular, I want you to hear this. I’ve spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks—sometimes really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your careers. You will have successes and setbacks, too.
This loss hurts. But please, please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It’s always worth it. And we need you keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.”
Whether you’re a fan of Hillary or not, please do yourself a favor and hear this one out. Fight for what you believe in because it will never not be worth it.
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
And never, never to forget.