I’ve got a thing for quotes. This past year, I’ve read a lot of words while trying to validate how I felt, who I was, and what I was doing. The last 12 months have been about giving up, letting go, moving on, and going back. It’s never been a straight path. Hell, I’m not sure if there even was a path. I’ve just been kind of wandering around a forest, hoping that I’m going in the right direction.
When I read a quote that hits me in the moment and encompasses everything I’m feeling, I save it. It’s kind of like a diary of pretty pictures and wise words, better than anything I could have written. Quotes also remind me that someone has felt what I’m feeling, or gone what I’m going through, once or twice before.
Because the last 12 months still don’t make sense to me, I thought I’d pull out some of the quotes I saved during moments when I needed them the most. They tell a pretty interesting story.
This is my year as defined through the words that resonated with me (in chronological order, of course).
When I tried to make sense of my feelings
When I let myself hope that things would be the way I wanted
When I gave up a chance at not being alone
When I needed to rationalize what wasn’t logical
When a ‘thank you’ wasn’t good enough
When it was time to give it all up
When I needed to accept the truth
When I needed to see the truth
When I had to remind myself to let go of what I couldn’t change
When I listened to my gut and broke the rules
When I let myself be me
When I was at my worst
When I was at my best
When I found my voice again