Too Sensitive, Too Cold-Hearted

Today is my third and final installment of my “Three Day Quote Challenge”.  If you missed the previous two posts, click here and here.

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My choice for today is one that I found and favourited a little later than the previous two days, but I love just as much.  A lot of the reason I love quotes is because they put into words thoughts and feelings I’ve always felt or believed, in a concise, pretty fashion.  This quote in particular really resonates with me, as I feel like it describes me perfectly.  I always feel things big.  If I’m angry, I’m really angry.  If someone hurts me, it lasts for a long time.  If I like someone, I’d go to the ends of the earth for them.  The last line also hits very close to home, as I do allow myself to settle when I shouldn’t.  I’m slowly starting to learn that it’s okay to fight for what you want…in fact, it’s expected.  It’s taken my whole life to start to understand this though.  I always thought it was impolite, rude, too hard or not worth doing.  Now, I’m trying not to let people bring me down.  If they aren’t willing to help me reach my dreams, they can get out of my way.  If I’m always trying to please other people and play by their rules, I’m never going to get anywhere.  My last job is a great example of that – five years and I had barely achieved anything, career-wise.  Not because I’m not a hard worker, but because it was easier for everyone to give me excuses why a promotion couldn’t happen “right now”.  Ultimately, I’m sure it came down to cost, and the fact I wasn’t fighting hard enough meant that they assumed I’d just do the extra work for nothing.  That won’t happen again.  It can’t.

My final nominees for this challenge are:
Granny Reports
Lynz Real Cooking
Sometimes Silver Linings Are Blue
As usual, if you have time, check them out!

-JD

#loveme challenge – Day Thirteen

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Day 13 – Share a Quote

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I’m a sucker for quotes.  My “favourites” folder in my iPhone gallery is stuffed full of them, so it was tough to chose just one.  I decided instead of chosing my all-time best, I’d instead share the one I’ve currently got set as my phone lock screen.  I found this on Tumblr (where else?) and I love it.  This is something I’ve learnt in the past five years through my telco experience.  I started off timid, quiet, shy…I walked out of there full of confidence and a lot more prepared to speak up.  I grew so much from my experiences with rude and angry customers, ones that would go out of there way to try to tell me how to do my job.  At first, I let them.  Maybe they’re right?  Maybe I’m missing something?  Maybe I’m doing something wrong?  After I learnt that I was doing all I could, that’s when I decided I wasn’t going to be walked all over.  That’s when I started to grow up.  It’s not often you can pinpoint things like that in life, but I can definitely tell you I’m a different person to who I was at age 20.  I now have a confidence in myself I didn’t have before.  I feel comfortable enough to share my opinions and make myself heard.  This quote sums up perfectly how it feels to finally learn it’s okay to talk.  Before, I’d feel like I was invisible, that nobody listened…at the time, I blamed everyone else and withdrew further.  Now, looking back, I can see it was my fault.  I didn’t let people in, so of course I was going to feel that nobody listened.  I feel like I now have a voice (sometimes even a loud one!) and the world is finally starting to hear me.  It’s a great feeling!