“Do you want the truth? Nobody knows what they’re doing in this life. Not teachers or scientists or anyone with a college degree or even the President of the United States. Nobody knows because life isn’t planned and it doesn’t come with an instruction booklet. It’s fleeting and uncertain and complicated and nobody, not even the people seen as role models and heroes, can predict what is going to happen in the next minute, let alone the following day. Because life is sudden and frightening and the smallest thing can create the biggest problems before we even realise it. But it’s also beautiful and inspiring and it’s the longest adventure we’ll all ever know. So I say we just live, one day at a time without knowing how that day will pan out, including its weather and its purpose. Let’s all live without fear and doubt and regret, with the people who make our hearts dance to the music we love and fill our souls with the little moments that make the greatest memories. Take photographs of everything. Smile at strangers. Say yes. Throw a bag in the backstreet and just drive. Be honest. Lie in the grass and count the stars. Fall in love. Send that risky text. Read. Say no. Take risks. Explore and grow and learn and discover and shape yourself into whoever you want to become. Do it because tomorrow, something could change and it could all be gone. Don’t take anything for granted. Just breathe in the air that’s free and smile at the endless possibilities and limitless potential. Live for now. And love every minute of it.” – Unknown
My nieces have recently experienced their first tastes of social media (!) — one Skypes me nearly everyday after she gets home from school (sometimes before school), and one, Carolyn, just got her very own Pinterest account. They went from eight years old to 17 overnight, I swear.
So, of course, I’ve been hyper-vigilant as to what I pin now that she follows me. Not that I pinned anything risque, but I want her to always get good vibes from my posts, even if they are regarding breaks ups and the tough bits of life.
I decided, in turn, to create a board especially for my nieces. I have three at the moment, and and mere weeks will become an aunt to yet another sweet baby girl! (Plus my brother and his wife are going to have a new bundle within the month, but have yet to find out the sex. 😉
So above are a few pins I picked especially for my nieces, now and the ones to come. I hope it’s something they can look to for advice and inspiration, though I always remind them I’m a mere phone call away…
1. Important words for the heart
2. Amelia Earhart, Kansas native, woman pioneer of flying
3. Gentle reminder for life
4. You can never get too much art
5. or books!
6. The world is worth exploring
7. Words words words
P.S. If you fancy, you can follow Carolyn’s Pinterest. It’s full of cats! Art! and everything a nine-year-old girl’s heart could possibly desire! She’d be over-the-moon if you did. She loves that follower count. 😉
“I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.” ― Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace. – Frederick Buechner