I found out about this challenge from https://dreamerdocuments.wordpress.com/ , and I’m ridiculously excited about it. I have a quote obsession. I literally have folders upon folders of quotes that I’ve copied and pasted over the years because I loved them so much that I didn’t want to forget about them. Unfortunately, this also means this will be a difficult challenge for me, because how on earth am I supposed to pick just three? Answer? I won’t.
For day one I’ve chosen anything by Charles Bukowski, but I’ve highlighted two of my favorites. These two quotes have actually had a rather profound effect on my life. The first one, “You have to die a few times before you can really live”, has become my personal mantra. I tend to hold on to hurts from the past, and sometimes I’ll think about them WAY too much. When it became apparent that I wasn’t about to just let these moments go, I decided to look at them differently. If I hadn’t undergone those situations, would I really appreciate the wonderful things in my life now? Not a chance. I have an entirely different perspective on my life because of these things, and it’s a positive one.
The second quote, “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire”, is my I have too much stress and I can’t possibly deal with this quote. It reminds me that there’s no reason for me to break down. The bad times are a part of life, and we should live them, always striving to be the people we choose to be. I view it as sort of an it’s not the journey, it’s the ride sort of thing.
Many who have read Bukowski’s work would probably find it a little humorous that I draw a great deal of positive energy from his quotes, since many would consider him a bit of a pessimist, but I just consider him a realist who helped change my perspective for the better with his observations on the world and human nature.