Alice In Wonderland is one of my all time favourite books. Understanding the story at a young age, it was the perfect adventure taken down a rabbit hole meeting animals and a crazy queen. Understanding the story as an adult, you decode a lot more of what Lewis Carroll was trying to express in Alice; her sense of wondering, curiosity, questioning and hope. I have put together a list of my favourite quotes and how we can use these to help inspire our everyday lives.
FOCUS ON YOURSELF
We live in a world where we know everything about somebody just by scrolling through their social media accounts. We know how much they’re enjoying life on Snapchat, how beautiful their surroundings are on Instagram, and how well they’re doing on Twitter, but this is just social media, right? Social media is an edited account run by us to show others how we want them to see us, and we all do it. Never compare your life to anyones on social media. Don’t wonder why they’re all the way up there, and you’re down here. We like to paint this pretty picture of our lives and it shakes up reality. Concentrate on where you are and where you’re going. Wondering how and why about someone else isn’t going to get you where you want to be.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE
When you’re in your teens you make a virtual timeline in your head of how you want your life to plan out; university, career, love, etc. Once you reach the age these things were meant to happen and they haven’t, you sit there thinking, “oh s**t, it’s too late”. Vera Wang started designing gowns when she was 40, J.K. Rowling was 32 when her first book was published, in fact at 23, she was broke! Society likes to put pressure on us, and maybe still influence from older times, that life is pretty much laid out for everyone. We are in 2016 people! There is no age limit to start university, or change into a new career. You should never feel like you have to be committed to something that you’re not passionate about.
Self expression is one of the bravest things anybody can do. To be able to be an individual in a world where you are constantly judged, to be confident and proud is such a beautiful quality to have. We live in this strange world where people crave after having something that is limited edition, but when it comes to being yourself, sticking to the “norm” is seen as the “right” thing to do. Don’t be afraid to be different. Dress how you like, walk the way you want, be that person you know can say “this is me, the real me.” Find a muse to look up to, but be that muse to someone else too. Help them feel the way that you do; never feel ashamed of who you are, but just feel strong, brave and proud.
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