The Quotes that Defined My 2014

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

 

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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

 

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When a ‘thank you’ wasn’t good enough

 

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When it was time to give it all up

 

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When I needed to accept the truth

 

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When I needed to see the truth

 

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When I had to remind myself to let go of what I couldn’t change

 

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When I listened to my gut and broke the rules

 

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When I let myself be me

 

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When I was at my worst

 

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When I was at my best

 

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When I found my voice again

 

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