“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”
L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
L. M. Montgomery was a huge part of my childhood, I utterly devoured the entire Anne Shirley series and I’d easily say that Anne of Green Gables remains my all time favourite book to this day.
Anne’s bookish and eccentric personality resonated with me in a big way, because in a lot of ways we were the same person. Though I wasn’t quite as outgoing as Anne (read: completely introverted) I loved to read, use colourfully big words and daydream and throw into the mix that I was a slightly awkward, freckly teenager and you can see how I was able to relate to Anne so well.
My favourite thing about Anne is how unwaveringly optimistic she is. Though she is melodramatic and prone to bouts of despair at her core Anne looks on the bright side of life, no matter what the world pits against her. She isn’t afraid of hard work and, in fact, seems to greatly enjoy it. Just look at her competition with Gilbert to be the top of the class, though she swore she would hate Gilbert forever, she relished in having the drive to push herself harder and, in the end, it allowed her to admit that perhaps Gilbert wasn’t quite so terrible as she had first thought. How could he be, after all, if he was her equal match?
This quote, in particular, resonates with me, especially in recent months when I spent a lot of time debating whether or not to leave my last job. I did, in the end, but not because I was sure I would succeed – I had no idea if radically changing my lifestyle would be for the better or worse, but it was something that had to be done. In a world where we’re constantly pressured to constantly be ‘on’ whether it’s in the workplace, or on social media, I think it’s important to hit pause and remember that real life isn’t rose-tinted and sometimes things suck and they just don’t work. It’s what you take from those experiences that is the most important thing, whether you’ll use that opportunity to learn from the lesson, to adapt, progress and grow.
All of this is hugely relevant to my life at the moment as well, I recently left the hospitality industry behind after 10 solid years of working full time. Now I work on a part-time basis, and last month I worked fewer hours in the entire month than I used to work in a single week in hospitality. Isn’t that mind-boggling? So what do I do with my free time? Well, this actually. I decided that my change in career would be the perfect time to launch this blog and, simultaneously, I was slowly chipping away at getting work as a freelance writer. It is utterly terrifying and it might not work, this might crash and burn and maybe I’ll return to hospitality – but after spending the majority of my life wanting to be a writer, it’s worth a try if nothing else!
So what quotes resonate with you? Is there something you read in your childhood that has stuck with you this whole time or was it something in your latest impulse Waterstones purchase?
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