Here are just a few of my favourite inspirational quotes:
“Life would be so wonderful if only we knew what to do with it” – Greta Garbo
“Even a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown out your own inner voice, and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become!” – Steve Jobs
Little did I realise the reason why they spoke to me on such a profound level…
I have loved writing since I was very young. I remember being sent to the reception class in primary school to read out my poetry, and my short stories always got excellent grades. English really was my first love at school and I carried it all the way through to A-level. I even began writing articles for the Jersey Evening Post… then I left school, and instead of going straight into the career I should have I was lead to believe that I couldn’t make a career out of writing. So stuck with no other idea of what I wanted to do I went to a recruitment agency who pushed me towards the finance industry. It should have been obvious at the outset that this was completely the wrong path from the bright green suit that I wore; clearly I was cut out for something more artistic and creative than this. But instead, I blindly went along with it, believing it would all work out in the end; like driftwood being carried the wrong way out to sea. And after a long and fruitless walk (or is that swim) in totally the wrong direction I finally woke up one day and realised how miserable I had become. I needed to do something about it, and I needed to do it now!
So I quit. I went to university and started over. And after a lot of struggle and deep soul searching, I finally came up with the answer. It had been staring me in the face the whole time and I just hadn’t seen it. It wasn’t complicated or difficult. It was quite plain and obvious. I realised what these quotes had been trying to tell me – just to be myself! To stick to what I know and what I love – writing. I had been writing as a hobby the whole time, all I had to do was stop stemming my creative flow and let it pour and I would find vocational contentment. Now I am determined to continue to do the thing I love, to have the courage to follow my heart and intuition and to begin my journey down the (w)right path… even a journey of a thousand words begins with a single sentence!