As somebody who deals with pretty bad anxiety on a day-to-day basis, I spend a lot of time trying to reassure myself. Here are some quotes that get me through the roughest of times.
1. “This too shall pass.”: One time I found myself in severe turbulence on a freaking 11 hour flight. I HATE FLYING and turbulence to me is the worst part. That roller coaster feeling in my stomach….no thank you. But I kept repeating this in my head, over and over, and you know what? Eventually, it did pass. It’s not always going to be smooth sailing, but when the going gets tough, just know that this too, shall pass. Always.
2. “Always” -Harry Potter: Speaking of the word “Always,” this seemingly simplistic line carries a lot of meaning for HP fans like myself. It’s from a particularly heartbreaking scene in which the completely misunderstood Professor Snape categorizes his love for Harry Potter’s mom. It’s weird for me to be lifted up by heartbreak but whenever I think of this scene I’m reminded that this is the kind of love we all want and deserve in our lives and it weirdly makes me hopeful? Then again, I’m a freak soooo we can move on….
3. “Master the day.”: Take things one day at a time. And then keep doing that. Guess what? You’ll get through it. Every day. And things will eventually look up. I’m not really a fan of the whole “Just relax” thing in the quote below because that’s like the number one thing you DON’T want to tell someone with anxiety (it makes people who are anxious fixate, making us even more anxious and upset and therefore, unable to relax), but maybe we can use this as a valuable lesson and move on?
4. “Don’t let the seeds stop you from enjoying the watermelon.”: There are always going to be pesky people and various roadblocks in life. It’s just how life works. They aren’t necessarily out to get you – and even if they are, why let that stop you from enjoying your life? I know it can be very very difficult at times, but I always try to go to bed and think of three things I’m thankful for, either from the day or from my life in general. This lets me exit the day with a positive outlook, even if the day effing sucked, and I can start again tomorrow.
5. “You are going to be in love again and it will be magnificent.”: After one particularly upsetting breakup, one of my lovely friends started sending me cheesy little heartbreak quotes like this one. Honestly, I can’t even begin to tell you A) how thankful I am to have her as a friend and B) how much it helped. For those experiencing a breakup or heartbreak, even though it all seems to have gone to sh*t, PLEASE trust me when I tell you that if you’ve experienced love once, you will experience it again. I thought I’d never find love again after my last breakup and now I’m currently the happiest I’ve ever been with my person.
6. “You never fail until you stop trying.” -Einstein: We had to have an Einstein quote in here, right? So freaking wise. I stopped trying when I got my first job. Not in terms of doing my work, but in terms of doing what makes me happy. I lost sight of my hobbies, and you know what? I failed myself because I stopped trying. Honestly, this blog is coming out of me trying again. And I’m pretty happy with it. 🙂 I woke up looking forward to writing, and I haven’t felt like this in a pretty long time.
7. “Life is a lot like jazz…it’s best when you improvise.” -Gershwin: One of the things that makes me happiest is music, my favorite genre being jazz. Funny for someone who is so anxious and such a planner, right? I was in a jazz choir in high school and it brought me out of my shell 100%. Being able to go on stage & not have a clue what my solo was going to sound like was actually incredibly exciting and somewhat enlightening. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t have any plans, do not get me wrong. You NEED to plan out certain things.
But think of the best memories you have. I can bet on the fact that at least a few of those were not from plans, but some ‘crazy’ improvisation. One of my top memories is from the 4th of July, when a group of 4 of my friends and I decided that we didn’t really want to do anything except drive around and see where the night took us. My friend, who was driving, ended up popping her tire at no fault of hers. We stopped the car on a sidestreet and then realized that we were LITERALLY on top of fireworks. We could either get out of the car or pray that the car could make it just a few more feet to safety. We chose the latter and the fireworks ended up exploding right where we would’ve gotten out of the car. This memory is very much outside of my comfort zone but it’s one of my favorite stories to tell because it’s so not me, and it’s so ridiculous. So glad we improv’d that night because now I’ll never forget it 🙂
8. “I have been bent and broken but – I hope – into better shape.” -Dickens, Great Expectations: This is from one of my favorite books of all time and it really resonates with me. I’ve been through some tough times. I’ve had people bully me, I’ve had things happen to me, but you know what? It’s made me stronger and in fact, it’s made me into a better person. I wouldn’t be comfortable with myself today were it not for all of the crap that’s happened to me. Thx Estella you really speak to my soul here ❤
9. “Oh yes, the past can hurt…but you can either run from it, or…learn from it.” -Lion King: I’m a big movie person, so I had to include a movie quote in here. What better quote to include than something inspirational from the best animated Disney movie of all time?? Your past experiences shape you, whether you like it or not. I recommend using them to your advantage and if you do, I promise they’ll make you stronger.
What quotes get you through anything?? Would love it if we could share with each other and make each other stronger ❤
Love and puppies, Maddie