Quote of the Day | Edward Young

Stand Out

Last first day of school, as a lot of my senior friends have been calling the start of spring semester before graduation. I came across a quote today by English poet Edward Young that was a good reminder of how I want to live my life, especially with graduation looming in the horizon:

We are all born originals – why is it so many of us die copies?

This quote really resonated with me because of its simplicity and truth. Much of our lives will rest on the decisions we make – when we look back, how do we want to see ourselves? A motivating thought.

Also wanted to share a great answer to a Quora question – Life: How can you live an interesting life? Here’s Leo Polovets’ answer:

Three tips that I’ve found helpful for leading a more interesting life:

  1. Be willing to do things by yourself. A lot of people want to take art classes or try new restaurants or travel to exotic countries, but few people consider doing these things without companions. If you’re not willing to do stuff by yourself, you end up missing out on a lot of interesting opportunities because there’s no one around to join you.
  2. Say “yes” to as many opportunities as possible. If someone asks you if you’d like to go to a new restaurant or volunteer for a charity or do a weekend road trip together, say “yes”. The more things you try, the more interesting your life will be.
  3. Stop caring about what is normal or expected. Sometimes the only thing stopping you from doing something cool is that you’re afraid of looking stupid or weird. The problem is that many things seemed stupid or weird until they didn’t: traveling for a year after college, dropping out of school to start a tech company, joining an online dating site, etc. It’s hard to veer off the beaten path and have an exceptional life if you’re always looking of social acceptance.

Happy start-of-school – here’s to a memorable spring semester!

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