I wrote this post a while ago, but it keeps serving me very well and due to extensive traveling and needed family time afterwards I decided to use my Sunday walking through the forest and re-post this post for this very Monday:
I am a big fan of (inspirational) quotes for several reasons, but the most prominent reason is probably to feel somewhat aligned with the joys and struggles of others. It gives us all a sense that we fight similar struggles and/or enjoy similar moments of awe and wonder. Quotes help. They take away the pressing thoughts you have been circulating in your mind, they make you share joy…
Yet, there is this one thing that always gets me: The causality. Causality in all this is a big matter when watching a society of quote lovers closely (yes…all those pinterest pics with beautiful landscape pictures and your most inspirational quote in it…you know what I am talking about) And don’t get me wrong, I am sure I am following some of those too!
We are inspired by the heroic accomplishment behind the quotes — it triggers a sense of fulfillment and richness inside of us.
We are phantasizing how this must feel.
We are craving similar discoveries and instead of peaking behind the quote and asking for the actions the author took to get there we read more quotes, follow more boards on Pinterest, retweet more of them on twitter.
We could call it “lethargic heroism through social media”, maybe?!
So, how must it feel to create your own quotes?
How must it be if you live a life worth your own quotes?
A life worth expressing your own self-discoveries and life a heroic moment through yourself — inside out?
Behind every quote of the most prominent ancient or modern day heroes such as Nietzsche, Hemingway, Anthony Robbins, 50 Cent or Batman we find a commonality in all of those characters — They have pushed themselves through personal weaknesses, fears, losses and have found awe and joy through creating their own reality, cutting through their own obstacles, sat on their mental balconies for hours to reflect to find out what mission is worth their dedication to not cheat the world on their contribution.
In fact, it is worth a moment of sitting back and emphasize (or at least symphasize) what the author maybe have gone through to make the statements he or she made. You cannot copy- paste the truth and reality of someone else (’s quote) into your life — it can only serve you as an inspiration to move forward toward your own quote. Those heroes who convince you to live up to a certain feeling, a certain power or to see the world a certain way may have endured sharp pain of self-discovery to get there. We all may arrive at the absolute same result (ha. Maybe the same quote in fact) but we need to lean into our own story for it and do not live the moments of joy, heroism and dismissal of someone else.
Fill it with your own thoughts and liberate yourself — find your own quote!
Here is to you dad and your life quote:
Fall 7, celebrate the 8th time getting up!
You may have not been in the same seat as some of the big known thinkers, but you clearly lived up to discovering your own heroic moments!
Thank you for being a continuous inspiration!