Call them what you want, but I am literally obsessed. It probably stems from a combination of my obsessions with people and the written word. Notice that I have a lot of obsessions. I think it’s because when I like something, I can never just like it. I love it, I put my all into it, I obsess over it. If you’re going to do anything in life, you might as well do it passionately, right?
Well I am passionate about quotes. I constantly have new quotes going onto sticky notes on my computer screen or on notes in my phone. I scrawl them down in class when my mind wanders and when I finally have a house of my own I want to decorate the walls with words. Pictures are great, but words are what move us. Words are powerful, life-changing, emotional, and inspiring. Every great moment in history has occurred because someone had the right words to say at the perfect moment. And I don’t just mean the speeches of kings, presidents, and generals.
Every marriage proposal on earth has needed the perfect words. When a beautiful, innocent life enters this world it may take our breath away for a moment, but within moments, it’s the voice of a mother that an infant hears. And hearing, “I love you” from a special someone for the first time in your life is a moment none of us ever forget…
So from now on, I’m going to include a quote with my posts, no matter how relevant or meaningful because I honestly believe we all could use a few more inspiring words in our life. For this particular post, I’ll include a couple of my newest finds.
“I sat thinking about how sad it was that people are made in such a way they get used to something as extraordinary as living.”
– Jostein Gaarder
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”
– Mary Anne Kadmacher
“I am going to tell you a secret. Every year many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.”
– John Green
“I understand what he was doing, that he had spent four years fulfilling the absurd and tedious duty of graduating from college and now he was emancipated from that world of abstraction, false security, parents and material excess.”
– Jon Krakauer
“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”
– Erica Jong
And last but very not least is from my absolute favorite author whose words have kept me strong and hopeful during some of the hardest moments in my life:
“Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than the stories or people we’re quoting.”
– John Green
I truly love words.
That is the question, after all.
The 21st century, the introduction of the Internet as a means for the people instead of our leaders to control our fate, and the media 2.0 generation of tweeters, facebookers, and bloggers who are using all of these resources in every exhaustible way has made it nearly impossible to avoid the Internet for long.
I was raised at the beginning of the Internet generation, getting my first e-mail in my third grade as an assignment that taught us how to communicate online with our peers. Shortly after I entered middle school and the world of AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, and MSN Messenger. Then it was Myspace, followed by Facebook which quickly took over my life…and our world. Twitter was introduced to me in college and is currently my most used form of social networking, but through all of these was blogging.
I had briefly attempted “online diaries” in high school, but as most teenage blogs they were filled with angst and tears. After maturing, a bit at least, I flirted with the idea of blogging for my image. Joining PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) and attending career and intern session in my major, we were encouraged to write as often as possible regardless of publication, to not only get ourselves out there but to showcase our writing.
It seemed trivial to me, until I began to explore the world of blogging and how influential it can become. The number of people who follow certain blogs and look to others for advice, input, reviews, thoughts, and opinions. It was amazing to me how much blogging was not a diary any longer. It was more than just a past time. It was a job, a lifestyle, a soliciting tool, and a way to market yourself.
So, here I am in my first official attempt to blog.
I am not entirely sure where it will go…but I have a strong feeling most of my posts will relate to books I read, quotes I hear, news articles that interest me, political beliefs I feel strongly about, songs I can’t get out of my head, experiences at my new internship, life as a college student, big city experiences, small town memories, and much, more more.
Here I go, diving in head first to the sea of blogging. Feel free to throw me a life jacket if I start to drown. As a full time student and working 25 hours week, I may be getting in over my head here. Oh well.