“Not everything is meant to be, but everything is worth a try “. As a blogger I come across way too many quotes on my daily patrol through the Social Media jungle, but this one caught my eye for some reason.
You can find quotes about almost anything on the internet. They go from an extremely motivating “Don’t dream your live, live your dreams!” to a deep “You have to go through the worst to get the best”. Some of them are explanatory and tell you that, oh wonder “A flower doesn’t love you or hate you, it just exists” whereas others give you helpful advice like “Everything happens for a reason.”
Ridiculously, quotes of famous scientists, poets or politicians that have been dead for quite a while are now hyped on Instagram and Tumblr for their supposedly deep meanings. I’m quite sure though that the purpose of Horace’s famous words “Carpe diem” wasn’t initially to end up as a tattoo on an It-Girl’s wrist in the 21st century.
The major problem is probably that all these quotes are taken out of context and utilized by people that don’t even know whether the author was Eminem or Abraham Lincoln. As a result Martin Luther King’s historic “I have a dream” gets copied by the average teenager to justify his brilliant idea of leaving high school to live his dream and become a rock star. “YOLO” is the philosophy of a community of young rebels who try to take alcohol and drug consumption to the limits to demonstrate the elder generation that you should “live as if you’ll die today”. Whilst all the “party hard” they fail to recognize that besides the fact that they “only live once”, a reckless life against any reason is likely to be a short one, too.
“Not everything is meant to be, but everything is worth a try” sounds like a weak attempt to comfort someone who has been dumped by their boy or girlfriend. I haven’t gone through a breakup lately but somehow the quote speaks to me. It’s kind of fascinating how it tricks me into thinking that it was written just for me to help me deal with my current problems in life.
Anyways, if putting an uplifting “Fall seven times, stand up eight” wall tattoo above their bed helps at least one person to overcome a hard time then I think it was worth the hype.
Just make sure to think about it twice if you are planning on perpetuating one of those mind-blowing quotes on your own skin because if you regret it one day you will need to explain it with a nice: “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep”.
“A flower doesn’t love you or hate you, it just exists” (Mike White)
“Everything happens for a reason” (Marilyn Monroe)
“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” (James Dean)
“Not everything is meant to be, but everything is worth a try” (Unknown)
“Fall seven times, stand up eight” (Originally an old Japanese saying translated into English)
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” (Scott Adams)