Day 31 ~ The Book of Awesome

“We’re all going to get old one day. So let’s just love the age we’ve got and let’s not crave the age we’re not. Amen, sing it to your mama.”

I wanted to pick a great book and quote for my Birthday today, and what better book than the Book of Awesome! As my birthday approached, I couldn’t help but notice that I was less focused on how old I was going to be, and instead focused on the ages I wasn’t. I am now 28 years old, and while I wasn’t necessarily wishing to be younger, I was finding myself with thoughts of not being 21 or 25 anymore. And if my mind wasn’t focused on how young I was not, I couldn’t help think that ‘Oh man! I am going to be 30 in two years!’ I have been worrying so much on how I am not younger, and how much closer to being older I am, I wasn’t enjoying just being where I am at right now. So, I am embracing my age and not worrying about what age I am not. I am going to enjoy everyday I am 28 and appreciate every moment I have being just that 🙂

~Elizabeth

Day 30 ~ The Lovely Bones

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.” 

It is good to have dreams. But at the same time it is important to keep your eyes open for those dreams that happen that we didn’t necessarily wish for. Do not let go of the dreams you have, but don’t focus so hard on those dreams you miss out on the life you are living that may hold the dreams that really matter.

~Elizabeth

Day 29 ~ Sh*t My Dad Says

“That woman was sexy. . . . Out of your league? Son, let women figure out why they won’t screw you. Don’t do it for them.”

I think we often sell ourselves short. We may form preconceived notions of how we measure up to others. It is not always easy to see yourself as an equal to someone, especially to someone who you look at as being exceptional in some way. But it is not fair to ourselves to do that to nor is it fair to do that to the other person. By taking ourselves out of the picture before we ever enter it we may miss out on a great opportunity. A good quote to follow this is

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” unknown

~Elizabeth

Day 28 ~ Howl’s Moving Castle

“I hope your bacon burns.”

I had seen the movie based on this book first and loved it. When I realized it was a book I of course had to get it 😀 This line is in both, and is equally great. Hard to explain if you haven’t read or seen the movie, but this line is said by a fire demon to Howl who is using him to cook breakfast. Most of the book revolves around a curse and how to break it, so Calcifer (the fire demon) irritated at Howl for being used like a common fire says I have another curse for you, “I hope your bacon burns.” Will always be my favorite line in the movie and the book 😀

~Elizabeth

Day 27 ~ One for the Money

“I attributed the incidence to temporary insanity, and in my own defense, I’d like to say I haven’t run over anyone since.”

In honor of the movie coming out today (eventhough I am sure it will not be nearly as good), I have chosen a quote from ‘One for the Money’.  While the quote is funny, and I would like to hope few people have actually done this I think we can all relate a bit. I think at one time we have all reach that moment where we have done something out of character and beyond our usual behavior where we look back and claim temporary insanity. Maybe you let loose a little more at a party, bought something a little crazy, broke something, hit something, run someone over in your car…We know it wasn’t something we would do with a clear head, but something else takes over and we look back like what the heck happened! At least the occasional insanity moments bring a little entertainment to our lives!

     ~Elizabeth

Day 26 ~ 11/22/63

“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”

This is a very powerful message, and one I think few people realize. We encounter people throughout our day. Some are people we will see again and often, some maybe a for a few moments in a checkout, some for no more then the moment it takes to pass them on the sidewalk. These encounters do not always have to be face to face. Especially with the ease of the internet and technology, people are being exposed to an even larger community. For every person you encounter you have the potential of influencing their lives for better or worse. The influence can me minor, or it can be life changing. Who we influence, when and why we can not determine. But in our daily actions we can decide what kind of influence we would like to share with others.

~Elizabeth

Day 25 ~ Eat Pray Love

“Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.”

I’ve never been good at crying, at letting my emotions out. I am that person who bottles everything up. I wear a smile not just for the world to believe, but also in a way for myself. By masking my emotions and holding in the tears I didn’t have to feel the things I knew would hurt. For a long time, I felt as if by crying, I was showing weakness, and that was unacceptable. How could I be strong enough to take care of myself if I let myself give into what I felt was a weakness. Letting someone else see me cry of course was completely out of the picture. Crying openly in front of someone is exposing your emotions and can make you feel very vulnerable. It has taken me a very long time to realize that it is ok to show your emotions and feelings, not just to others but to yourself as well. Emotions and feelings are not a weakness. They can be a strength. Emotions make us real. Feelings make us real. It is not until we willingly let these emotions out, that we are able to make room for what makes us happy.

~Elizabeth

Day 23 ~ Water for Elephants

“I scan the room. Catherine is writing quickly, her light brown hair falling over her face. She is left-handed, and because she writes in pencil her left arm is silver from wrist to elbow.”

This quote made me smile because being left-handed myself I can completely relate 🙂 Most right handers would never realize that for a person who is left-handed, writing can be very messy. When you are right-handed, as you write, your right hand leads the writing object. When you are left-handed, your hand follows the writing object, usually right across what you have just written. I do not know how many times I have had to wash the pencil, pen, marker or chalk from my hand because of the residue left behind as my hand moved across the writing. (Maybe this is why I prefer typing!) May not be a big problem, but it is one any left-hander can probably relate to and I enjoyed the small reference here in this quote.

~Elizabeth

Day 22 ~ Clockwork Angel

“It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.”

This is quite possibly one of my favorite quotes that I have ever come across, which is convenient since Cassandra Clare is my favorite author. I remember reading this and being struck by how powerful the words were to me at the time. I find that often I am drawn to certain quotes or words that reflect my thoughts and feelings at the time being able to relate to them. These quotes are able to convey what I often struggle to express both outward and often inward.

I whole heartily agree with this statement, and have often said something along the lines to others as well as myself. There may be times that you find yourself loving a person who does not return these feeling for whatever reason. This is something that can be very difficult to deal with. You may question what is wrong with you that stops this person from loving you. But there is nothing wrong with who you are. The movie 500 Days of Summer does a great job expressing this. Just because you love someone, doesn’t mean they are going to love you the same in return, and that’s ok. It just means that this person is not the right match for you. So should you hate this person for not loving you? Blame them for not returning your feelings? No. Sure, you may be hurt or angry, but be angry and hurt at the situation not the person, especially if they are honest and truthful with you. Think of the situation in reverse, if there was someone who loved you yet you didn’t return their feelings. Is it fair for that person to ask of you what you can not give back honestly? We can not demand of someone what they do not have to give.

So should we be angry with ourselves for loving someone who does not return that love? I ask that you think of whether this person is deserving of this love. Do you believe that they are worth these feelings you have for them, are they worth holding onto a piece of your heart? If they are, than your love is not wasted. I would rather love a worthy and deserving person with my whole heart, even if those same feeling weren’t returned then to waste even a portion of that same love on a person who doesn’t deserve it. Not only am I worthy of love, I feel that my love is something that should only be shared with those that are worthy enough to receive it.

~Elizabeth