When life is tough and you need a little lift: my favorites

Sure, we all have heard “Life is like a jump rope/roller coaster/sinus curve..” There are ups and downs. We all know this. Only sometimes, it appears a little harder to create that ~so needed~ sunshine in your life.

This is my little “best of” of inspirational pep-talks that might help you, too. I will most likely add more over time when I stumble over more, so please check in every once in a while. PLEASE also leave your favorites in the comments below! Let’s share happiness and help each other up.

Stay yogilated! And always remember: it’s all gonna work out. It will. 🙂

1. When you’re feeling lonely and unhappy:

“Stay Happy” by “dakotawint” >> VIDEO

The (absolutely beautiful) text of the video:

“”I was thinking today, that we’re all gonna die one day. And I was thinking of all the things I take for granted. Sometimes I forget how blessed I am. And I just wanted to say that ..

If you’re ever feeling down, truly take a moment out of your day to think about everything that you cherish. Go squeeze someone you love, put your heart and soul into that hug, and don’t let go until you both can’t breathe. Go make a friend with someone completely random. Hold the door open for someone, and if they don’t even acknowledge you, just smile.

Never stop smiling. If you’re ever feeling lost, take a chance. If you got nowhere to go, then your road will get you there. Dance and sing like no one is watching. If you like someone, tell them. Laugh at the stupid jokes only you and your best friend find funny. Laugh until your stomach hurts.

If you’ve ever been mean to anyone, and never got the chance to say sorry, apologize. Life’s too short to

waste your time being a jerk. And if people are mean to you for no reason, screw them. Be yourself, because nobody else can be. And if you wanna cry, .. cry. Let it out.

Expectation is the root of all heartache. The best thing to do is to stop thinking, and to just let things happen. And if the world ever makes you feel small, look up to the stars, and know somebody somewhere is doing the same thing. And just because today might have been a terrible day, doesn’t mean tomorrow will be the best day of your entire life. You just have to wake up and get there.

We learn from experience that we never really learn anything from experience. You never know what’s gonna happen. And that’s the thing about life; you just have to breathe every moment in like it’s your last. Never look back. Never regret. And always STAY HAPPY.”

2. When you’re feeling confused, don’t know where to go and what to do in your life, and need a little motivational pep-talk:

“Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address” by Stanford University >> Video

Three of my favorite quotes of his speech:

“[…] You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.[…]”

“[…]Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.[…]

“[…] 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 others’ opinions 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. Everything else is secondary.[…]”

Find the full text of Steve Jobs’ speech here: TEXT

3. When you feel like you’ve lost direction

“There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads. Afraid. Confused. Without a roadmap. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days. Of course, when faced with the unknown, most of us prefer to turn around and go back. But once in a while people push on to something better. Something found just beyond the pain of going it alone. And just beyond the bravery and courage it takes to let someone in. Or to give someone a second chance. Something beyond the quiet persistence of a dream. Because it’s only when you’re tested, that you truly discover who you are. And it’s only when you’re tested, that you discover who you can be. The person you want to be does exist, somewhere on the other side of hard work and faith and belief … and beyond the heartache and fear of what lies ahead.”
— One Tree Hill
4. When you are facing a hard decision:
“In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call “The Physics of the Quest.” A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love (GREAT book!)
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day, to have a new and different sun.”
— Chris McCandless
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

— Mark Twain

5. When you’re full of doubts and regrets

“It’s hard to accept, but you can’t change the past. You can’t go back and manipulate things to the way you wanted them to happen. Because life would be meaningless and boring and just not worth living. But you can change the future and that’s a beautiful thing about life. Yes, you will make mistakes. And yes, you will have bad days – but as long as you let the past go, you’ll have such a gorgeous and bright future ahead of you. Knowing that things were meant to happen. Knowing that each day you will learn something so that you keep growing to be a better person. Life is like a rope, twined in all its complexities and yet weaved into one marvelous stream that you have the chance you use something amazing from. So grab hold of it.” — Unknown

“The great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do. They’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life. You have to take action. And you will! But never forget, that on any day, you could step out the front door, and your whole life could change forever. You see the Universe has a plan; and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings, and it starts to rain. It’s a scary thought, but it’s also kind of wonderful. All these little parts of the machine constantly working… Making sure that you end up exactly where you’re supposed to be.. exactly when you’re supposed to be there. The right place. At the right time.” — from the TV show: “How I met Your Mother”

 

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