Notes to myself on the occasion of my first job

1.

“Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.” (Emil Cioran)

2.

if you have the courage
to make it through a lonely night
with nothing but
your self destructive thoughts
to keep you company,

darling, you have
the courage to make it through
anything.

(“silent nights” by typical treatment.)

3.

“Try and stay fresh and engaged and have something in your heart that you want to say [that] feels important to you.” (Stephen King)

4.

“I don’t want to look back in five years time and think, “We could have been magnificent, but I was afraid.” In 5 years I want to tell of how fear tried to cheat me out of the best thing in life, and I didn’t let it.” (sublime-flowers)

5.

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” (Maya Angelou)

6.

“Some days are like this. And the only way to get through them is to remember that they are only one day, and that every day ends.” (David Levithan, Six Earlier Days)

7.

“If you care about something enough, it’s going to make you cry. But you have to use it. Use your tears. Use your pain. Use your fear. Get mad.” (Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary Of a Part-Time Indian)

8.

“Whenever you’re going through a bad day just remember, your track record for getting through bad days, so far, is 100%; and that’s pretty damn good.” (pain-is-temporary-keep-fighting)

9.

Some women are
Lost in the fire.
Some women are
Built from it.

(michelle k.)

10.

“You’ll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” (Lost in Translation, 2003)

11.

“People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.” (Abraham Hicks)

12.

“You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.” (Danielle LaPorte, The Positivity of Pride)

13.

“Be as you wish to seem.” (Socrates)

14.

“I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” (Tracee Ellis Ross)

15.

“‘Why the fuck not me?’ should be your motto.” (Mindy Kaling)

16.

“Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” (Helen Keller)

17.

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” (Brene Brown)

18.

“My darling, you are allowed to fail without being a failure. You are allowed to make mistakes without becoming one. More opportunities will present themselves, you will find hope again.” (rustyvoices)

19.

“Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.” (Katherine Henson)

20.

“There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.” (Amy Poehler)

21.

“Always be kinder than you feel.”

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