Highest and Hardest Glass Ceiling

I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. And — and to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.

~ Hillary Clinton, Concession Speech for the 2016 Presidential Election

Keep Going and Believe in Yourself

When I was younger, when I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK if I was happy to ‘settle for the fat girl parts’… And so what I feel like saying in those moments is that any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, or a friend, or even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it, because that’s what I did — I didn’t listen and I kept on going and I overcame all of my fears and I got over a lot of insecurity. Just keep doing it and keep believing in yourself.

~ Kate Winslet

 

Grit

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

~ Angela Lee Duckworth

Only you get to decide when you quit.

“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that will not work.”  Thomas Edison couldn’t hold a job when he was young, and no one thought he would amount much to anything. Thomas Edison never made it as an inventor… until he did. Only you get to decide when you quit. No well intended friend, no parent who’s only trying to protect you, and no teacher, who’s supposed to bring out the best in you, can make you turn your back on something you’re passionate about. Because a teacher who brings you to failure, who wants you to quit, who hasn’t taught you anything, is… no teacher at all.

~ Mr. Matthews, “Girl Meets Rah Rah”, Girl Meets World

 

On Mental Illness

The metaphors we most often employ when discussing disease—that it is an enemy to defeat, or a hurdle to jump and put behind us—don’t really apply to chronic illness. Instead, you live with it. You get better. You get worse. You get better again. Sometimes you’re driving the bus and sometimes you aren’t, but the bus rumbles along regardless.

~ John Green