sbl quotes

No matter how many times I re-read Struck by Lightning, these quotes always grabs the softest spot deep down in my heart that makes me tearing up.

You’ve got to show the world who you are before it tells you. Otherwise you become victim to someone you’re not.

If you overachieve yourself to death, you’ll never know what your real accomplishments are.

There are all kinds of ways to escape out there.

If your life is being ruined because you’re living in an environment that doesn’t accept you, and you don’t at least try to move to one that does, then you can only blame yourself.

We’re all part of a minority waiting for a majority to pull their heads out of their asses.

I don’t like it when people hide behind masks.

In what grade do we stop believing in ourselves? In what grade do we just stop believing, period? Someone has to be a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Someone has to be a ballerina. Why not us?

Why do some people have to work so hard for the things they want and others don’t? Why some people selfish by nature and some of us are selfish just to survive?

I’ve always been one hundred percent independent, and it’s such a hard thing to be sometimes.

Perhaps I’ve been so busy dwelling in my own sorrow I forgot about what I actually accomplished? I successfully published a literary magazine filled with the thoughts, concerns, hopes and dreams of my jaded high school peers.

If I can do that, surely I can do anything. It’s proof that the sky is the limit.

Yes, unfortunately we live in a world where the pretty, the popular, and the wealthy sometimes prevail over the rest. And yes, sometimes people and circumstances get in the way of achieving your dreams and seeing your visions all the way through. And yes, if you hold an advantage over everyone else while you’re out there trying to get there (intelligence, creativity, or drive), people will always try to bring you down that much more.

But if I let those types of people bring me down, the people too pigheaded to encourage the good I’m trying to spread in the world, then I’m not as smart as I think I am.

From this day on, I refuse to let anyone bring me to a point where I can’t take a horrible situation and spin it into something beneficial. I will never let anyone make me feel anything I don’t want to feel again or rob me of the passions that make me who I am.

A life without meaning, without drive or focus, without dreams or goals, isn’t a life worth living.

Like having a great idea, life comes at you fast. It hits you and tries to escape and be expressed in any way possible. In a way, it’s a lot like…lightning.

Thank you, the boy who flew, for making me face my own weaknesses and vulnerability, for reminding me of the passion, the determination, and the courage that I once possessed but had long been forgotten, and for inspiring me to start believing myself again.