This may not be a typical “thank you” as it is not to any person directly, it is not to any living thing at all. It is a thank you to the beautiful words strung together by individuals all over the word, year after year. This is a series of some sort that was suggested to me by an old friend. I want to share quotes that I live by with you and how they have touched my life.
As someone who is fascinated by reading and the beauty of literature words have the biggest impact on me. They give me the strength to dust myself off and carry on. If you follow me on Instagram you will notice I am always posting quotes, I do this to reflect and really drum the words into me as I look back on them.
Today’s quote is “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” This quote hits me deep as it has almost been on my journey with me. I remember seeing this quote at my lowest and it has stuck with me all the way til the present, through all the ups and downs. It is a very bold statement to make but in some ways I feel like this quote saved my life. As someone who has dealt with suicidal thoughts quite severely at points it has given me an avenue for reflection. It has marked a tiny bit of hope for me to appreciate that there IS light even in the darkest of places.
There has been multiple points in my life where I latch on to toxic people because I have loved them. You cannot love someone who does not love themselves. Being in a close proximity to this darkness eventually overshadows your thoughts and you become a reflection of their toxicity.
On the flip side there has been multiple lows in my life where I have pushed away the people trying to help me and who love me the most as I was too caught up in my own toxic mindset. I was so focussed on the bad in the world I lost my path.
What I am trying to say is that this may just be 11 words on a page to you but by literally staying close to the things that make you glad you are alive you are grounding yourself.
These things do not have to be people. They can be anything from the smell of coffee, to the feel of the grass at your feet , to your favourite book. They are things that make you feel at home in your own body.
The power of language is amazing and sometimes the words of others can be more fitting than anything you could ever imagine of articulating yourself.
Thank you for reading. This was just a short one for today but I have been wanting to post. I haven’t been in the best state of mind and have been working on myself recently. It didn’t feel right writing an inspiring post when I don’t necessarily feel inspired right now. This is why I think the idea of this theme is amazing as a lot of the quotes I live by are pieces that relate to both the good and the bad.