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11 Quotes to Help You Live a Meaningful Life

We love quotes, reading them, looking them up, and sharing them. They provide either a quick dose or a heavy wave of inspiration and motivation to us. What's best about them is that they may appear trivial but, truth be told, a lot of them contains wisdom. Their sources passed them to us from various point in times. They're gold. They're timeless.

Here are 11 quotes you should know and reflect upon. Let them serve as guidelines to help you live a meaningful life. 

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How to Prevent Yourself From Becoming Your Own Worst Enemy

Pinpointing out the things that push us away from our true path is easy because we've been wired to attribute to external factors the events in our lives. We blame the weather, the traffic, the intermittent Internet connection, or the lack of time for our failures and shortcomings.

If we're not pinpointing things, we're pinpointing people instead. We blame the weathermen, the traffic enforcers, the repairmen, or even our mothers for not miraculously adding more hours to a single day.

 

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The Two Sides of the Fear of Control

After some time, maintaining multiple blogs became overwhelming. Publish this article here. Copy it and paste it on another. Publish it there, and there, and there. Write something different for this blog. Make each content unique. I was doing a lot of repetitive stuff and my creative energy was being used unwisely. Soon enough, it caught up with me. My multiple blogs took up too much of my time, time better spent doing other things I wanted to do as well. Alas! I had no choice but give up some of them.

The two situations, the decade-long procrastination and the refusal to let go of my blogs, were manifestations of fear - the fear of control. But it has two sides. One was the fear of TAKING control and the other was the fear of LOSING control.

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Life Reminders From Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways

Sonic Highways, Foo Fighters' follow-up to their 2011 album Wasting Light, is a 42-minute sonic paradise produced to satisfy your audial hunger. Unlike its in-your-face predecessor, Sonic Highways is more subtle like a river gently flowing, instead of a raging waterfall.

Recorded in different cities across the United States, the album's eight tracks stream into one big river of rock and roll. It's a great companion for driving, working out in the gym, or just having a blast. However, Sonic Highways is more than that. 

Littered throughout the album are motivational nudges and winks. If you need a source of motivation other than tweets and photos from Instagram and Facebook, Sonic Highways is your buddy. If your listening ears are more than open, you'll hear hidden gems of reminders in each song, telling you a thing or two about life and dreams.

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30 Life Lessons Before Turning 30

Disclaimer: This is not part of my numeric series. My last post was for 9. I'm not going to skip directly to 30.

Today is my 30th birthday (woo!). I'm really excited about starting a new decade and what life has in store for me. I would like to look back at 30 important life lessons I have learned so far, three decades on this magnificent planet.

  1. Our childhood is one of the most important phases in our life, good and bad memories aside. What we really want to be and do in our lives can be traced back to our childhood years.
  2. Health is wealth. You may not think it is when you're younger but it will be a hard lesson you will learn when you get older.
  3. Nobody will be there for you throughout your lifetime except yourself. People will come and go.
  4. However, there are some awesome human beings who will be loyal to you and will be there for you as much as they can. They will love you with all your strengths and flaws. Love them. They're rare.
  5. “Busy” is a big fat lie.
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Why?

One day back in college, my English professor sat on the table in front of the class. She rubbed her nose gently and huffed, “Read the Harry Potter series. It has just been turned into a movie but you got to read the books. I highly recommend it. It's so good.” She repeated the last sentence, stronger the second time around. “It's so good.”

I didn't read the books right away after her recommendation. It wasn't until the second film hit the theatres when, I found the first book in the house and, out of boredom, hastily read it. My sister had borrowed the first four books from our neighbor. With nothing interesting to do over the summer vacation, I thought why not read it. Little did I know I would not be able to put the book down. Page after page, chapter after chapter, and book after book, I had to keep going. My professor was right. It's so good. Just like the rest of the world, I fell in love with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Now, I am not as in love with the Harry Potter series as I used to but its impact in my life can never be denied. The wizarding world had enamored and captivated me so much that it triggered old childhood memories when our family didn't have spare money to buy the expensive toys that I wanted. I had to make the most out of my cheap plastic action figures (that you could buy for a buck), trading cards, pens and notebooks, and even the plants and rocks in our front yard. I made my own fantasy world where I could play for hours with my imaginary friends and the lack of expensive X-Men action figures and VTech didn't matter. The Harry Potter series reminded me of that and my dream of becoming a writer was born.

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Lay Siege to Shit

He said I couldn't do it even when I expressed I wanted to do it. But I did. Now I got shit on my two hands, shit from sweat, fire, tears, persistence, and lots of late night work. Shit that, if only for myself, I'm proud of.

My stance on overhyping on the Internet remains the same. It must be avoided. It opens a floodgate to overpromising and underdelivering, leading to damage on one's credibility and one goes kerflop in front of the public. It's switch-and-bait. I tell you about this five-star resort only for you to find out it's barely two-stars.

But let me just say this quick. The first draft of my novel is complete. Shit.

It's shit because that's what I always say about my first drafts, whether they be a short story, a poem, or an essay, they're all shit. For almost a year, having writing as my “unofficial” profession (I don't get paid, by the way), I learned how to write shit, to not be afraid of imperfection and jumbled pieces of ideas, because the goal of the first blank page siege is not the reorganization of the fortress but rather the capture of it. Get those related and unrelated thoughts on paper, then reorganize it into an orderly kingdom.

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How Sweet is Your Motivation?

Motivation, in the form of quotes, is abundant especially now in the Internet age. Like entering a giant candy store filled with the best assortments of candies from around the world in every shelf and every corner, you will find motivational quotes on websites, blogs, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and even LinkedIn. You can drown yourself in motivation or get a toothache sending you to an unplanned visit to the dentist.

Motivation is sweet. It gives us a surge of hopeful energy when we're in a slump or in despair. It's a supportive parent who just wants you to do your best in everything. It's a non-critical friend who believes in your talent and capability when you do not see it yourself. We all love motivation. 

What kind of motivation buyer are you? Do you browse around the shop and pick the most colorful candy? Do you prefer getting one of each so you can try it all? Or do you love rock-looking chocolates, like I do?

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