“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – If you are different, if you are unique, if you don’t conform with the expectations of the rest of the world, own it. Live your own way. Don’t let a few insensitive people who are too married to their outdated standards ruin the things about you that are special.
“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” – Sometimes, the things that are going to have the biggest impact on you have to be sought out. Sometimes, they just happen whether you expect them to or not. The only thing that is certain is that you’ll never find anything special if you’re not looking at all.
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” – It can be easy to judge things at face value, and easier still to dismiss them. But everything and everyone has the potential to do incredible things. Some of them just need someone to bring that good out of them.
“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.” – Maybe no one will remember. Maybe no one will notice. But you’ll never do anything that matters if you don’t go out of your way to do so. Imagine that everyone you care about knows what you’re doing today – what would they think? If this exact moment is how you were remembered forever, how would that make you feel? There’s no better time to start doing the important things than now.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.” – Often, it is only with hindsight that we learn the most significant lessons life has for us. Then, though we have lost the opportunity to lose it in the moment, it’s still there for us to help make the best of whatever else we may face.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.” – It might seem scary facing the whole world on your own, it might be daunting that you have all that responsibility. But you have the freedom to do all the things you could possibly want to and the social pressures to do anything different can always be broken. So make every choice matter.
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Could there be any more positive attitude to life?