It’s the last day of the month and I thought that I would begin a new monthly section of my inspirational Wednesday posts by bringing you some quotes and my little interpretations of them.  I wanted to try to cheer up anyone who’s feeling some summer blues (or if you’re on the southern hemisphere some winter blues) as we all face times when things just aren’t going well for us.  Although some of us have the resilience to keep going when things get tough in life, many of us, especially those of us facing some big challenges in our lives or those who suffer mental health problems can be especially prone to feeling negative when things get hard.  This is when inspirational quotes help me.  Although sometimes I feel terrible, reading these quotes and remembering their meaning is so important.  They do remind me of everything I truly believe in my heart, that every one of us has the inner strength to get through life’s tough challenges and that ultimately when we do, we come out as better people who have grown and can be proud of ourselves for coming out the other side 🙂

Here are some quotes that help me when I feel that life is a struggle.  Let me know if any of these resonate with you 🙂 :

Life’s challenges:

Life's challenges quote
“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are” – Bernice Johnson Reagon

Despite how we may feel because of where we end up, or what society seems to say, life isn’t supposed to be a struggle.  We are not supposed to lives full of difficulties, life is for living as you want, but many of us do face tough challenges that push us to our very brink.  When this happens remember that there have been so many other people in similar situations.  Even when you believe that nobody shares the struggle or pain you are going through, believe me there are, and so many who have been there have managed to get through it.  Because of this fact, so can you.

The challenges in our lives can sometimes feel like they are paralyzing us, stopping us from being able to move forwards, maybe you can’t even see a time when you’ll be moving forwards again.  These challenges can feel like obstacles that can’t be overcome, but you need to know that every challenge, no matter how overwhelming and big, is something you can overcome and move beyond, you just need to stay strong and keep going.  All challenges look like this to everyone when they are going through them, but by getting through our struggles we become stronger people and we learn how resilient, wonderful and able we are at coping with them.  And when you’ve overcome your personal challenges, you’ll be proud of yourself and know that you can face the same cirumstances if they ever happened again.  So look at life’s impossible struggles as just challenges to overcome, because when you have finally overcome your problem, you will look back at yourself with pride that you are a stronger person than you thought ❤


Thrive quote
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” – Maya Angelou

Life isn’t about getting through the daily grind and getting through things to merely survive until the next day, next month or next year.  Life is about doing something more.  We need to do something uplifting in our lives even if it’s just having something to smile about by listening to a favourite song or watching something that makes you smile.  If you are into colouring for example, a simple accomplishment like that can really make life feel like it’s worth living and when we live we grow.

When going through life, you need to find something you are passionate about, and we all do have something.  It could be a hobby, singing, gardening, even blogging.  Whatever it is you love to do, find the joy in your life to make every day easier and worth living through.  At the same time, whatever mundane tasks you have to do, find a way of enjoying them, sing while working (if you are able), smile when you pay the bills, find the positive in everything you do, because by finding the joy in even the simple things, you will find your life so much happier and easier to get through, especially when facing those big challenges in life.  So aspire to do something more with your life, even if it’s something small, make sure to do something everyday to make yourself laugh, smile and love life ❤

You never know:

We Know not quote
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be” – William Shakespeare

This is one of my favourite quotes I’ve come across when looking at quotes.  We all think we know what we are, who we are and what we can achieve.  What we know though is based on our past, our experiences with things that have happened as well as how we have acted or what we believe we are capable of achieving.  But the reality is that none of us really knows what we could be, what our future can hold and what we truly can achieve.  We might think we know our limits, but it’s not until life’s challenges come up than we learn how to push ourselves even more than we’ve ever done before.  When we push past life’s stuggles with determination (perhaps more determination than we’ve ever tried using before), that we really discover who we are and only then can we see how much better our lives can truly be.  So never think that you cannot push through life’s struggles, because you simply don’t know how much you can achieve if you only compare yourself and your achievements to what has happened in your past ❤

When it is darkest:

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote meant little to me until I went through a very difficult time in my life where everything fell apart and I started to fall apart with it.  I struggled with such big changes and with my OCD (obessive compulsive order), I couldn’t cope with those changes, my anxiety went through the roof and depression threated to strangle me more than it had ever done before.  This quote really reflects how my life went on from there.  I couldn’t see a way through my situation, I couldn’t see a way forward and this is how many of us feel in the midst of some of the hardest of life’s struggles.  But it’s only when we reach our darkest moments, sometimes, that we truly begin to see the stars, the beautiful things and opportunities in our lives.

Now, I’m not suggesting life has to fall apart in order to see something good.  But it’s when life’s struggles feel overwhelming that you begin to be grateful for the small things you have that you’ve previously taken for granted.  And it’s only when life’s struggles feel overwhelming that you begin to see solutions, things you can do, which previously you may never have considered.  Sometimes it isn’t until this darkest moment that we also see new opportunities in our lives, and sometimes these opportunities are things we may never have done or roads we may never have taken had things been easier but these were roads and opportunities that we needed to take to get to where we truly want.

Often the stars have always been with us, they are things we have always been able to seee but our minds were not ready to accept what we had so we ignored and only saw the darkest of paths.  For me it was a path I could have always taken that has led me to where I am today, it was a path I could have taken years before but I never saw it as something positive because I hadn’t reached that lowest point in my life.  It was only during my darkest time that I began to see the opportunities in doing something I’d always loved but had always been afraid of trying.  So the beautiful things, opportunities and paths in your life, your stars may be there all the time, but you can only see them when it is dark enough, when life’s struggles seem deepest.  So don’t be afraid of facing life’s struggles and don’t try to resist any new opportunities or take for granted something you already have.  Sometimes we need to be in the darkness in order to finally see the beautiful light that was there all along ❤

The present time:

Present circumstances quote
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start” – Nido Qubein

It doesn’t matter where you are in life, whether you are financially struggling, or emotionally, or having problems in any other area of your life.  But just because you are at this point in your life, it doesn’t mean you will stay there forever.  It also doesn’t mean that you will never go further in life than a certain point.  Many of us who may struggle financially for example may believe deep inside that we will always be poor, always be struggling to pay the bills.  For others with mental health problems, we may always believe that we will on some level always suffer from our mental problems or that they will always plague us when we struggle in life.  Many of us do feel that we will never achieve what we really want to, no matter how much we really want it, because of where we are now, or what sort of life we have now.  We believe that our circumstances determine our future, and that our future cannot really change unless where we are, or our situation changes. But this isn’t true.

When we struggle in life, it is only a reflection of where we are at this moment in time, it doesn’t reflect what will happen in the future, what we can achieve and where we will end up.  So although right now life may be a struggle and we are going through lots of smaller problems and even big challenges we are afraid we won’t get through, do not worry.  What is happening right now will never define who you are or where you can take your life.  Your future and how you act now will determine your path in life and where you will end up.  Your life is not based on your past, it is based on who you are now, and what you do right now.  So always look forward to the future, look forward to a bright future, the future you hope to live, because the future is not written and what you do in this moment is all that truly matters ❤


I hope these quotes have inspired you in your daily life, particularly if you are struggling a lot right now with life’s challenges.  Tell me what quotes inspire you in everyday life, did any of the above resonate with you?  And don’t forget to tell me what you think of this new quote/interpretation type of post.  If you enjoy them then I will do more (maybe monthly on different themes).   Have a wonderful day and month everyone.  Sending you all love and peace.  Stay strong ❤

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