Quotes to live by

Last night, I was on Instagram and came across a post that said something along the lines of

“I never said that! – signed, Marilyn Monroe, Buddha, Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley etc”

and, after I’d finished chuckling at it, because we all know the so-called sources of the millions of quotes batted around should be take with a pinch of salt, I got to thinking about what seism to be the explosion of quotes, as social media has exploded so has the amount of quotes we see. You could search #quote right now on instagram and you would see 21,563,189 posts with that hashtag (at least on 16/04/15 at 3pm you would have) . That’s not counting all the other hashtags that are related like #quotestoliveby #quotestagram #quoteoftheday #quotemeonthat…. the list is endless.

Words are powerful things.
I remember once seeing an interview with the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, on The Ellen DeGenres show in the States and she was asking him about his kids education and his response was that he always encourages his children to read, he tells them if they have a problem, read – because there is someone, somewhere that has been through it before. I thought this was a pretty cool advice, not just for his kids, but for people in general.

It seems everyone loves a quote, where we used to soul search through reading , or through talking with friends and family, nowadays all it can take is a good quote to give us a kick up the bum, or calm us, or re focus us and our energies. The main message of the most recent live action Disney movie, Cinderella (which is AMAZING, just FYI), is the quote “Have Courage, and Be Kind” – a pretty good hashtag quote to live by, I’m sure you’ll agree. My cousin Katie, has even said she is going to bring up her little princess on those words.

I, myself, am a big fan of quotes and therefore have decide to share with you guys my top ten quotes to live by.

  1. A day without laughter is a day wasted – Unknown

Anyone who knows me knows I love to laugh. My theme tune could be “I love to laugh” from Mary Poppins. IT’S JUST SUCH FUN! I completely believe this and make sure I achieve this every day, life can be such a shitter at times but if you can laugh your way through it, you’re doing something right.

  1. Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light – Albus Dumbledore

Ever the optimist, I am a glass half full kind of gal. The silver lining can be found in pretty much any situation, and you just need to focus on that to get you through it.

  1. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent – Eleanor Roosevelt

I love this quote SO much. We all seem to put so much on what other people think of us, how we come across. When people don’t see us they way we see ourselves, or say something negative or derogatory about us it can leave scars for days, if not years. We worry incessantly about what people, some of whom we’ll either, never see again or don’t even like, think. WHY DO WE DO IT? It is the most ridiculous thing. I’m guilty of it, and I’d bet you all are too. I take my hats off to those who can say they don’t worry what others think and are 100% honest with that. So long as the life your living is yours, do what you want. Who cares what Joe Bloggs thinks? You’ve no one to answer to but yourself (and maybe your Mum. And the Police).

  1. We accept the love we think we deserve – Stephen Chobsky

A simple but great quote from one of the most quotable books ever written: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (a must read for all those book worms out there). When you know you deserve to be treated as an equal, with respect, compassion, love – that’s all you’ll accept from any person, and any relationship. If you allow someone to mistreat you, yes it makes that person an ass for doing it in the first place, but what does it say about how you view yourself? If you respected yourself more, you’d know you are worth so much more than that – you deserve the best because you are the best!

  1. The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude to the problem – Captain Jack Sparrow

I consider myself a positive person, not like Santa at DisneyLand on Prozac kind of positive but I try and find the best in each situation, and i have done ever since the worst year of my life so far (2011 for those that want to know) I learnt a lot about myself and my limits, and what I accept from the people around me. Ever since then when I have a situation I’m unhappy with I try and change it, if I can’t change it then I accept it, and get on with it. Some things you can’t change, there is no point in being bitter or angry about it – you’re just wasting your energy.

  1. it’s OK to be angry, it’s never ok to be cruel – unknown

Exactly as it says. We all get angry, we all get pissed off and say things in the spur of the moment. Things we later regret but you can’t recover the word after it’s said. Your anger will fade but the sting and memory of the words you said to whomever you said it to, will not. I still remember words said to me 6 years ago in arguments, hell I can even recall hurtful things said to me by my sister when I was still in school. I’ve never been one to physically fight, but damn I can be a right bitch and a spiteful one with my words if I want to be. So when I get the urge (which is once in a blue moon, I’m happy to say) to be spiteful because someone has pissed me off, I take 5 and calm down and remind myself of this.

  1. Pissing in my yard ain’t gonna make yours any greener – lyric from ‘Biscuits’ by Kacey Musgraves

Again, this is about being wise with your words. Stereotypically girls are bitches, but I think boys are just as prone to bringing people down because they are jealous. We’ve all been on the receiving end of jealous comments at some point, even if we didn’t realise it. This whole song is about focusing on yourself and what you have going on, rather than focusing on what your neighbour is doing and hating on that. You can live your life tryna belittle others, but that doesn’t make you any bigger or better than them. Pissin’ in someone elses yard aint gonna make yours any greener. The only way to be better is to focus on and continually improve yourself. Focus on you.

  1. You can’t make people love you. Either they do or they don’t. The End. – Keltie Knight nee Colleen

As someone who has an innate need to be liked this is one of the hardest lessons I’m learning. Sometimes people don’t like you, it’s nothing you’ve done. They just don’t, for reasons unknown. So rather than worrying about those people, spend time and make memories with those that do. They are the ones that matter.

  1. Don’t you ever regret knowing someone in your life. Good people will give you happiness, bad people will give you experience while the worst people will give you a lesson and the best people will always give you memories – Unknown

Every person comes in to your life for a reason, they can be a lesson or a blessing. You’ve just got to wait it out to see which one they are. Appreciate the good. Forget the bad, but don’t forget what you learnt.

  1. You only live once but, if you do it right, once is enough – unknown

This is one of Rachpal’s favourite quotes and I love it. You only get one life, so live it how you want to, go grab it by the horns. Money is temporary, memories are priceless. As Drake says, YOLO – that’s the motto.

Xoxo

Micks

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My bucket list

This blog originally appeared on my old blog site micksmusings.tumblr.com

Sitting at dinner with Dennis and little bean on Friday, Dennis and I were talking about our plans for the next while and I mentioned that I’m hoping my next adventure will be Peru and trekking the Inca Trail. I mentioned it was on my bucket list, to which Den replied “I’d like to read your bucket list, write it and put it on one of those ‘musing things’ you write. So here it it, and remember, if this is boring to you, you’ve only got Dennis to blame ; )

The term ‘Bucket List’ comes from the phrase ‘kicked the bucket’ so in normal words it means ‘the-things-I-wanna-do-before-I-die list’. They are normally associated with people who don’t have long left on earth, we hear through family, friends and the media of those who have been diagnosed with (very often) a terminal illness who decide to do all those things they always said they would do, these things become their bucket list. It becomes a race against the clock for those people to complete as much of their list as possible. The most recent example I can think of it Stephen Sutton, the lad was diagnosed with cancer aged 15 and then wrote a bucket list of 46 things he wanted to do before he lost his fight with the disease. One of the things he aimed to do was raise £1million for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Unfortunately, Stephen lost his fight in May, but not before he had raised over £3 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust (you can read more about the incredible Stephen here: www.stephensstory.co.uk )
I always wonder why does it take something like death and illness for us to sit and really think about those things that we want to do with our time?
We all know our time on earth is limited but we often take our tomorrows for granted. The average life expectancy in the UK according to the UN is 80 years old if you’re male, 83 if you’re female. When we are young, naive and impressionable becoming old and grey is the last thing on our minds (as it should be), we get caught up in day-to-day activities, lost in the rat race and before you know it you’re 75 and you never got any of those things you always wanted to do done. You never wrote that book, swam in that ocean, saw that band live, climbed that mountain. You were so caught up in making money for the machine, creating the life that you THOUGHT you should have, that everyone EXPECTED you to have, that you never got to live the life you always wanted, filled with adventure, silliness, creativity and imagination.
So, thanks to Dennis prompting me, I’ve got a list of 50 things I always wanted to do (some of them I’ve already done). I think you should do the same, I’d love to hear yours.

Xoxo Micks
Mick’s Bucket list: 2014

  1. Trek the Inca Trail
    2. Go on an African Safari
    3. Swim with Sharks
    4. Learn a new language
    5. Sky dive
    6. Road trip the USA (DONE: summer 2013)
    7. Sleep under the stars
    8. Complete a half marathon
    9. Meet a real, live penguin
    10. Attend a music festival (DONE: Glastonbury 2010, Wireless 2012 – I wanna do Benicassim next)
    11. Volunteer on a project close to my heart
    12. Have Breakfast at Tiffany’s (DONE 2013)
    13. Celebrate Holi festival in India
    14. Visit the birthplace of The Beatles (DONE 2011/2013)
    15. Sleigh ride through the snow with huskies
    16. Toboggan down the Great Wall of China
    17. Visit the Tiger Temple in Thailand
    18. Ride an Elephant
    19. Go to an airport and get on the next plane outta there, no matter where it’s going
    20. Go on a ‘girls’ holiday. ‘Beeeeefa! Get in. Let’s get fuckin’ mortal!
    21. Donate blood
    22. Fly in a helicopter
    23. Take a gondola ride in Venice (DONE: July 2009)
    24: Visit Auschwitz
    25. See a show on Broadway – preferably West Side Story which is my fave
    26. See Ringo Starr and/or Paul McCartney in concert
    27. Learn to surf
    28. Find a career that makes me happy
    29. Visit the Amazon Rainforest
    30. Fly a kite on a beach
    31. Spend Christmas abroad – preferably somewhere like NYC
    32. Travel abroad alone – at least once
    33. Visit NASA! – I’m not actually sure if that’s allowed
    34. Throw a drink in someone’s face – just because!
    35. Get a tattoo for my bro (DONE 2013) RIP Martin ❤️
    36. Learn to fly a plane : ) be afraid, people!
    37. Go to an outdoor cinema (DONE, thanks to Rachpal. 2014)
    38. Toast marshmallows on a campfire (DONE, Cape Cod 2013. We weren’t camping but it was a campfire, so it does count. It does!)
    39. Genuinely surprise someone. Genuinely. Like a proper “OH MY GOD” surprise
    40. Get my palms read
    41. Chase a tornado/experience a tornado – no I don’t have a death wish, they just fascinate me. I blame my mother.
    42. Attend a ‘Murder Mystery’ party – such fun!
    43. Visit Old Trafford
    44. Complete a colour run
    45. Own my own home, complete with vegetable garden : )
    46. Visit Paris at Christmas (DONE, 2012 I think it was…)
    47. Go to the Opera
    48. Go to the Ballet
    49. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
    50. Find my forever person