A good friend told me recently: ‘Accept the things I can’t change, change the things I can’t accept’ – Steph, 20.
My mother told me when I was 18: ‘Live every moment and make it worthwhile’ – Christine, 20.
A friend of my church pastor told me last year: ‘People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime’ – Allison, 20.
A colleague at work during a management training session, in my late 20’s told me: ‘Be nice to people on your way up, as you might meet them again on your way down‘ – Karen, 46.
My boyfriend told me when I was 18: ‘Work smarter, not harder’ – Emilia, 20.
A counsellor I had in my 30s told me this quote by Josh Shipp which always stayed with me: ‘You can either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you’ – Louise, 45.
My staff welfare rep at work told me this when I was 22. I was having trouble with some co-workers: ‘Don’t grant them your headspace if they make you feel bad’ – Emma, 23
My grade 3 teacher told me this when I struggled with multiplication. It has been something I’ve carried everywhere with me and that teacher completely changed my life: ‘You make everything so complicated, life is a lot simpler than it seems’ – Taylor, 18.
I heard this in a show, and it works well for me: ‘The only medal that matters is the gold medal, you either win or you lose, no in between’ – Ryan, 22
This quote was shared from me and derived from one of Danielle Simons’ experiments, one being the invisible monkey: ‘What you aim at determines what you see’ – Dale, 21.
My Mum gave me this advice when I was starting university: ‘Everything happens for a reason and there is no point in worrying about things out of your control’ – Sian, 20.
I heard this quote on an inspirational podcast: ‘Money is pleasure, not happiness. It is important not to confuse the two. Most of us have the ability to be happy with life’s few things such as our feet in the sea, a coffee in the morning. People who only aim for money in life are simply experiencing pleasure, not happiness. The real happiness in life is life’s ‘basics’’ – Libby, 21.
My friend Libby ^ (see above) told me this quote, and it has stayed with me: ‘You can only compare yourself to your past self’ – Lily, 20.
A close friend recently told me: ‘Now or never and follow your heart’ – Danish, 23.
My Mum would remind me: ‘Tomorrow is a new day’ – Jess, 29.
I heard this quote in a movie when I was 12: ’20 seconds of insane courage and something great will come out of it’ – Emily G, 22.
When I was in grade 9, I saw an online post saying: ‘Be the person you needed when you were younger’ – Emily W, 22
My Mum told me when I was going out: ‘If you can’t be good, be good at it!’ – Andrew, 25.
My parents gave me this advice. I lost my sister 7 years ago and because of our age gap, we didn’t start getting closer until she got sick. I was around 14: ‘Always tell the people who you love, that you love them because you never know when it’ll be the last time’ – Grayson, 22.
My high school teacher told me this when I was 17. We were talking about acceptances in colleges/universities and knowing who to accept: ‘When you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders you know you made the right decision’ – Leah, 19.
I saw this on a TV show. It was during the first wave of COVID where all the changes and shutdowns were really scary so it was important to have the reassurance that not everything is changing: ‘Nothing changes except what has to’ – Emma, 21.
It is an old saying, just something I’ve always lived by: ‘If you wouldn’t like it done to you, don’t do it to others’ – Michael, 45.
My Grandma gave me this piece of advice, I cannot thank her enough: ‘Don’t eat yellow snow’ – Max, 20.