3-Day Quote Challenge: Day One

04.05.2018

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‘One Grateful Thought’ nominated me to take part in the 3-day quote challenge – thank you! Her blog is like a breath of fresh air, you should go and check it out if you have a few minutes.

Rules of the challenge:
1. Thank the person who has nominated you for the challenge.

2. Post 3 quotes (1 for each day) for 3 days consecutively.

3. Nominate three more bloggers for the same challenge each day.

It was actually quite difficult to choose just three quotes because there are many that I really like. I’m the kind of person that keeps a list of favourite quotes to refer back to, the cheesier the better sometimes.

But I’ve managed to pick my three favourites, based on how much they have influenced my life and changed my perspective.

So my first quote is:

I’m willing to bet that many of you will have seen this quote before because it’s thrown around quite a lot.

I first heard this quote when I was a teenager and was struggling with depression for the first time. I ended up buying a wall-art version and had it scrawled across the wall right above my bed. That way, I could look at it every morning before going about my day and every night before going to sleep. During that time, it served as a reminder that better days would come and to try and find joy in the little things in the meantime.

I’ve grown a lot since then, and in all honesty this quote is now a little bit cringey to me. It’s very ‘flowery’ and wordy for a quote and it’s too simplistic to apply to every aspect of life.

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Last year I began therapy for my eating disorder. I was a bit nervous when I walked into the building, but when I found the waiting room, guess which quote was written on the wall above my head? It really made me smile. I caught the eye of another client and I told them that I once had that quote on my bedroom wall. She laughed and replied “Probably when you were seven.” I just shrugged.

The reason that I think this quote is important is because there will always be storms. Whether you’ve just lost a loved one or you’re worrying about an exam, it’s very easy to forget to keep living and finding moments of joy.

So many of us believe that we will find happiness if we just reach our next milestone.

“If I could just get that job, then I’ll be happy”
“If I just pass the exam, I’ll be happy”
“I just need a partner, then everything will be ok”
“I just need to recover, then I’ll be happy”
“If I just had a bit more money, then I’d be happy”
Sound familiar?

But that isn’t the way the world works. You could get your dream job one day but be in a horrific car crash the next. No one thing will get you guaranteed happiness until the day you die. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to dance in the rain. Learn to take the good with the bad. Don’t wish your life away waiting to hit a milestone, learn to enjoy the journey and the problems that will undoubtedly come afterwards.

I’d like to nominate three fellow bloggers for this challenge:
1. Chanelle @chanellehayley
2. Little Mayfly @littlemayflyblog
3. Sadie @Sadiethewallflower

Thanks for reading, look out for quote number two tomorrow!

-Holly

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