Okay, so this is a little later than I hoped, but I have been felled by an awful flu (which has thrown my upcoming cycle off course, but I’ll save that for another post).
This is my final pick for my three-day quote challenge, and I’ll jump straight into it before getting into the rules etc.
“Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.” – Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss
Dr Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! is one of my very favourite books, and (along with over 300,000 people a year, apparently) has been my choice pick for everyone from graduating nieces to friends who have finally mustered up the courage to quit their jobs.
I also reach for it, time and time again. As he points out, life always doesn’t go as planned and it’s a good reminder that it doesn’t for many people, and for a whole bunch of reasons. And sometimes you have to suck it up and get on with it.
It’s easy to get consumed by what’s not going right in your own life, and to imagine it to be somehow bigger and harder and more horrible than anything anyone else is facing, but the truth is: Bang-ups and Hang-ups hit everyone. We all end up in a hole from time to time. And it really is up to us to choose to climb back out.
Incidentally, Dr Seuss (born Theodor Seuss Geisel in 1904 but reborn as“Dr. Theophrastus Seuss” in 1927) actually never had children, with the exception of Chrysanthemum-Pearl, an imaginary child he invented to shut his friends up. He even included her name on family Christmas cards (along with Miggles and Boo Boo). I’ll leave you decide how that is at all relevant to anything (because I can’t make something up quickly enough).
Anyway, here be game rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you. [Thanks, Amy from Awakening Wildflower, for having me do this. I really have enjoyed this whole process. Everyone: Do check out her blog. Here’s a recent post that has stayed with me a while.]
- Post a quote for three consecutive days and explain why it appeals to you [see above]
- Nominate bloggers to participate in the challenge each day [Again, I don’t know a lot of bloggers, but if I’ve nominated you and you have no idea who on earth I am then, erm, hello! I read your blog!]
I already know this clashes with the post formats, but I’m tagging Little Fears anyway because you really should check it out. The posts/puns never fail to make me smile (ESPECIALLY the Alpaca ones).
I’ll end this three-day quote challenge with a little add-on to the final quote I picked because it simply has to be done:
“But on you will go though the weather be foul
On you will go though your enemies prowl
On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike and I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems whatever they are.”
PS: Thank you for reading, and sharing or liking (if you do!)