Tiny Beautiful Things

August 10, 2013

Small Things

This quote was like a punch in the stomach.

"Your assumptions about the lives of others are in direct relation to your naïve pomposity. Many people you believe to be rich are not rich. Many people you think have it easy worked hard for what they got. Many people who seem to be gliding right along have suffered and are suffering. Many people who appear to you to be old and stupidly saddled down with kids and cars and houses were once every bit as hip and pompous as you..

The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.

One Christmas at the very beginning of your twenties when your mother gives you a warm coat that she saved for months to buy, don’t look at her skeptically after she tells you she thought the coat was perfect for you. Don’t hold it up and say it’s longer than you like your coats to be and too puffy and possibly even too warm. Your mother will be dead by spring. That coat will be the last gift she gave you. You will regret the small thing you didn’t say for the rest of your life.

Say thank you.

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Someone Who's Been There by Cheryl Strayed

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  1. Celina8/10/2013

    "This quote was like a punch in the stomach." AMEN TO THAT. I swear I felt it.
    Reading this post makes me sad but in a good way. It was one of those, "HEY. YOU SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND REFLECT!" kind of posts, you know? So often, we take our lives for granted. We take the people and things we have in life for granted. I hold my arms up in the air and admit that yeah, I was like that when I was younger and sometimes, I'm still like that. Losing a friend pushed me into another stage though where I quickly grew to realize that there are so many opportunities that I need to seize though because as repetitive as it may be, life is short, and those three words are darn true.

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  2. Hannah8/10/2013

    Thank you for this post and for reminding me to appreciate every moment. I try and remind myself to never get too comfortable because things can be taken from you like that. I'll be turning 18 soon and all that matters to be is that my loved ones are happy and healthy.

  3. roshkud8/10/2013

    Love this post, you use your blog in such a beautiful manner, its inspiring :)


  4. Madeline Murray8/10/2013

    Great quotes, really inspirational !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  5. so true! I'm so bad at saying what is on my mind

    ordaining serendipity

  6. Haven't read this book but now I really want to! You're absolutely right, that quote is very moving.

    Ellie | Ellalogy

  7. Thank you - I'm pleased it was received well (I was a little unsure)

  8. It's an important thing to remember and it really made an impact on me.

  9. It's important to stand up and be counted, to say what you really want to say, and to remember we only get one chance.

  10. I'm glad you like it.

  11. Jasmine Brink-Li8/15/2013

    Wow, that really spoke to me. Thank you for posting!


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