I wasn't kidding when I said that this semester was going to be tough. However, I don't think even I understood the weight of my own words. After this first week of class, I'm not really sure where I stand with everything and I'm a little overwhelmed, not gonna lie. The books in the photo above are only the books that I have to read for two of my classes. And though my other classes don't involve such heavy reading, I'm definitely not taking any easy courses.
Well, aside from Wine Appreciation.
But the painting behind it [that was made by a girl I absolutely adore] is one that I keep standing in my room by my television. I don't really have anywhere on the wall that I want to hang it, but the words painted on it are some of the most inspiring I could possibly have to look at every day. It's from my favorite book, Looking for Alaska. A lot of my favorite quotes come from that book.
To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life. // Eat, Pray Love
So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I am still trying to figure out how that could be. // Perks of Being a Wallflower
So many versions of just one memory, and yet none of them were right or wrong. Instead, they were all pieces. Only when fitted together, edge to edge, could they even begin to tell the whole story. // Just Listen
You can smile when your heart is breaking because you're a woman. // The Other Boleyn Girl
If it means something, take it to heart. If it means nothing, it's nothing. Let it go. // The Other Boleyn Girl
Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape. // Great Expectations
Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it. // Divergent
There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner . Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic. // The Thirteenth Tale
I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. // Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic. // The Picture of Dorian Gray
You can love someone so much, but you can never love people as much as you can miss them. // Looking for Alaska
I don't know if it's just because I'm an English major and read a LOT of books on a regular basis, but quotes and song lyrics are what inspire me. They can lift me up to a soaring happiness as well as drag me so far down into a temporary depression that I don't want to move for three days. I do my best to focus on the good instead of the bad, but sometimes we all need a day to cry. And that's when I pick up books like Go Ask Alice. Because even when you come across something or someone that is incredibly sad, at least it reminds you of the blessings that you have in your own life. And in my life, I have many.
Good luck with your semesters, lovelies.