“Never take it seriously, you never get hurt. Never get hurt, you can always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, you just go to the record store and visit all your friends.”– Penny Lane, Almost Famous
A few months ago I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close , and found it to be one of the most inspiring things I had ever read. I kept a piece of paper with me to right down quotes I needed to remember, or even just scribble my thoughts so I wouldn’t forget how I felt while reading it. I just came across those notes today. Reading them reminded me how powerful literature can be. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to!!
One point I jotted down between chapters was inspired by the character of the Grandmother in the book, and by conversations I have had with so many of my friends. (The title of this post is a quote from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by the Grandmother.)
-Do not suffer but live joyously. Live without regrets, and remember that the little things happen now and mean so much will one day be a faint memory, so that maybe you can forget them sooner. Remember the good; throw out the bad. One happy memory after another. Go after what you want because if you learn to live this way, it’s always worth the risk. We forget how much control we have over our own happiness- it is a choice. Love a lot and grieve fast; don’t think about it too much and be open to anything. I think this is a recipe for unforgettable moments and a long lasting joy.-
An old favorite I can’t get enough of lately: