Do you march to the beat of your own drum? These inspiring life quotes will help you feel more confident in following your own unique path!
At some point I realized that I am a serial explorer. I love to dive into something I’m passionate about, learn a lot, and then pick a new passion to follow. Often my interests are not gone forever; they will wax and wane in a mysterious way that I’ve (mostly) given up on trying to figure out, and now just try to follow.
A couple of years ago I heard a particularly compelling recording of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. I don’t know if was because of that specific symphony that was playing on the radio, or where I was in my life at the time, or a combination of things, but I was so struck by it that I wanted to learn how to play it on the piano.
Living your own unique life
The only thing was, I didn’t know how to play the piano. And I didn’t want to progress through many grades of piano lessons before I was good enough to learn how to play this piece. I was too excited about learning Moonlight Sonata and didn’t want to wait to learn it! So I found a piano teacher who was comfortable with an unconventional lesson plan. He agreed to teach me just that piece, even if it would take a while as it was really above my skill level.
I learned Moonlight Sonata and I loved the whole process of focusing on a song that ignited a spark in me. After I learned it, I stopped taking lessons. This is where I was greeted with confusion from some people. Why wouldn’t I keep going? I was able to learn one song, so why not learn more, or complete the piano grades? Wasn’t that quitting? There were times when I questioned this myself. But what it came down to was me following that inner whisper and my heart told me I was done for now. I had a goal, even if it was a different one to some people, and that was to learn a single song. I enjoyed that goal and then felt done. That was enough. No need to prove myself, to excel more than that.
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Inspiring life quotes can help your confidence about your own life
Even though I have read these inspiring life quotes many times before, they are ones that I find myself revisiting. It can give you a boost when you feel like your life doesn’t exactly fit into what is typical. There is a feeling of connection when you read words from other people who are also forging their own unique or unusual paths. It can help quiet the self-doubt that can creep in when you’re questioned by others about choices you have made. There are quotes from poets, visionaries, philosophers, and even from a beloved children’s author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!).
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1. Bettina von Arnim
“It is no use telling me to be calm; to me that conveys sitting with my hands in my lap, looking forward to the broth we are having for supper… My soul is a passionate dancer; she dances to hidden music which only I can hear… Whatever police the world may prescribe to rule the soul, I refuse to obey them.”
2. Helen Keller
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”
3. Rainer Maria Rilke
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
4. Henry David Thoreau
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears the beat of a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
5. Mel Robbins
“Greatness is hearing your truth and speaking it no matter how your voice shakes.”
6. Barry Neil Kaufman
“A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it’s a whisper.”
7. Roald Dahl
“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.”
8. Roald Dahl (again, because he’s great)
“The life of a writer is absolute hell compared to the life of a businessman. The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn’t go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him…A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.”
9. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
10. Mary Oliver
“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”
Be brave – the world needs different voices
I love that some of these quotes speak that bravery can come from quiet people or shaky voices. At first I was scared to start a blog and share parts of my life and myself. It can definitely be intimidating putting yourself out there.
The world really needs lots of different voices. Even the quiet ones. Even the scared ones. Maybe especially both of those, in a world that often feels too loud. I hope these quotes help you feel comfortable in the path you’re forging.
If you would like to share your voice through writing, a blog is a great venue. I have a tutorial that will walk you through how to set one up in the time it takes to drink your coffee. I also have a post that will help you start a food blog if your passion is cooking or baking.
If you need any help with motivation or confidence about starting, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.