Turtles All The Way Down
Posted on December 11, 2018
“Thoughts are only thoughts. They are not you. You do belong to yourself, even when your thoughts don’t.”
“Your now is not your forever.
This week I finished John Green’s Turtles All The Way Down, and I have been thinking about these two quotes so much over the past few days.
(I’m going to pause, to let you all know that I was reading an article and a boy said “Hannah are you writing your blog again?” I said “nope, not right now, just looking for inspiration.” To which he replied “well my auntie always says, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” …..so there is that.)
Okay, now back to the book. I’m pretty sure that people who don’t deal with anxiety are a myth, so I’m moving forward with the assumption that all of you experience some form of anxiety. Right? Right.
The examples of mental health issues in this book are pretty extreme, but still relatable nonetheless. These two quotes stood out to me the most, because they are exactly what I needed to hear right now.
As someone who frequently overthinks things that literally do not matter and will never matter, the first quote is extremely helpful for me. Our brains can go to some really hurtful places, and I think it’s so important to know that your thoughts do not define you.
The second quote is important to me because I needed the reminder that life will not always be like it is right now…at least I sure hope it’s not. I have big dreams of being able to pay all of my bills AND have enough money left over to eat food (like literally any food at all would be nice, I am not picky).
If 2018 has taught me anything, I have learned how quickly things can change, and how I have no clue what God has in store for me. Like for example, I definitely thought Springfield was the town for me, and now I am thinking that once I finish grad school I can go wherever I want. This is empowering and terrifying at the same time. Like I just want God to tell me the plan, but that’s not how it works.
However, I stay comforted knowing that my now is not my forever, and my thoughts are not me.