Life could really be hard as hell sometimes to the point it drains out the energy in us. True enough, words are really powerful in this world. It can make you or it can break you. So during those crucial points in our lives, we have to make sure to only listen to people who will uplift us with comforting messages right at the moment. She could be your best friend, sister, or mother— an individual that you know would always be there for you no matter what happens.
But if you are like me who tends to be more reserved and introverted, whenever we need a little dose of inspiration we could listen to motivational speeches or read messages that would inspire us. Here are some of my favorites to encourage you to be stronger today than yesterday:
1. “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try, and those who are afraid you will succeed.” – Ray Goforth
Growing up really made me realize that people could really be scary. They might be smiling and hugging you, not knowing they also have knives behind their backs ready to hurt you and destroy you in just a snap without even a clue. As I grow older, my circle becomes even smaller and I only hold on and trust few people whom I could really call “true friends”. People would always drag aspiring ones because they can’t acknowledge the fact the there is someone out there who would risk and work hard to reach their dreams. They felt that it’s unfair without even thinking about the perseverance that people had to go through. It’s so selfish and I hope people would stop being like that and instead be a support system. It doesn’t even cost you to be kind enough to show support to someone. So whenever someone would make me feel that I can’t do it, it even encourages me to do even better and show that I can do it and I can make a difference without stepping foot to others.
2. “The first step is you have to say that you can.” – Will Smith
I CAN! Yes. Say it. Shout it. Feel it. Do it.
You really have to make that strong first step to start your battle. Little by little, step by step until you get to reach your destination. You will be fine, trust the process of believing in yourself. If not you, who will start the first step? You can’t ask others to do the first step for you. You have to be courageous enough to do it yourself. Oftentimes, we keep thinking that it seems impossible to reach our goals, when in fact we didn’t even trust ourselves first that we can do it. You know what, believing in ourselves can really be the inner strength that no one could snatch away from us. There would be voices you could hear like “No, you can’t do it” or “You think you are good?” but DON’T let it influence you. Those kinds of voices should only be left in your back. Stand up straight, don’t look back, move forward, and say I CAN DO IT.
3. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Dennis P. Kimbro
Regardless of what is happening in our lives, may it be good or bad always focus on how you would react to it. I have to share that I learned this during the darkest days in my life, I realize how being optimistic could play an important impact on how we see life. I mean, what happens already happened, we don’t have the power to rewind it. Just let it go, accept it, and always look on the brighter side. You don’t wanna be stuck there being sad and wish that it’s just a bad dream. Wake up and be positive instead, it doesn’t really mean that you are weak but you just chose to see life from a different perspective. You may be rejected right now but who knows what the future holds, maybe it’s not the right time for you yet or God has something even bigger than what you have expected. So chin up and smile, there’s no reason for you to be stuck there waiting for a rewind but walk positively to start over.
4. “There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” – Paulo Coelho
Remember those times in our lives when we feel so weak due to emotional pain? It really hurts right? I have anxiety before and I’ve been through a couple of panic attacks when I just felt sad and I’m just there crying without a reason, I just know that my heart was in pain. With the grace of God, I am now continually healing and there are no more sudden triggers affecting me since I resigned from my previous job and finally went back home to my family. You know what, whenever I encountered situations in my life I would always think of God’s three answers to my questions —- yes, no, and wait. I realize how powerful God is that whenever He doesn’t give what we wanted, He makes sure that we learned from it and became even stronger so that in the next phase of our lives, we are ready and we could use those pains and learnings. There are a lot of times when I finally realized and understand why certain things happened in my life and I’m so grateful that I have overcome it by God’s grace.
5. “It’s a journey and the sad thing is you only learn from experience, so as much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn.” – Emma Watson
In my 26 years of existence, I have learned that it’s okay to make mistakes. I mean, who doesn’t? I prefer making mistakes and show people how I learned from them. I have come to realize that our lives are really like a roller coaster ride, sometimes we are too scared to open our eyes and look at what’s in front of us may it be in our highest or lowest view. Do you know what’s important? We get to shout it out loud and enjoy the whole ride full of surprises and excitement. Experience really is the best teacher out there, so don’t be scared to go out and learn. Embrace our journey, commit mistakes and learn from it!