Is there anything that’s more effective in evoking childhood nostalgia than the wonderful ramblings of Dr. Seuss? A couple of rhyming lines and a part of your brain can’t help but taking you back there, to when things were so much simpler. Of course, there are a lot of hidden gems lurking in his writing. Life lessons that only emerge as you grow older, and start to see the world a little differently.
1. Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You:
Life is a rat race and we’re all trying to keep up with one another. Independence is the most valuable tool we have. It’s our differences that keep the world turning. Be proud of every part of you, through all the quirks and the flaws, and appreciate the way they all combine to paint the picture of who you are. Make noise. Never be afraid to stand out. Give people something to talk about. Give them someone to remember.
2. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened:
It can be very difficult when things end. Like, really difficult. Goodbye is never exactly an easy word to say, and such farewells normally come at a time you’re not exactly expecting them. Be it the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship – or even a friend moving away. It can be far too easy to let the pain of what’s missing consume you, especially in those early days. Fight through them, and when that initial bad stuff is over, don’t be afraid to look back on those times with a happiness that can only come with hindsight.
3. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose:
Always remember that no matter how rough the oceans may seem, and no matter how much it may feel like the odds are stacked completely against you, that you are ultimately the one who is solely responsible for the path that you are walking in life. There’s no road map you can follow through things. The only way you’re going to be drawing such a thing is by getting out there and experiencing it for yourself. The good, the bad and the ugly. Life is different for everyone, but at the end of the day, there’s one final destination to be reached. What you do between now and then is entirely up to you. It’s pretty wonderful to think about the places you’ll go.
4. All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot:
It’s an indisputable facet of life that sometimes you’re going to come across situations you’ll be forced to face by yourself. It doesn’t necessarily get any easier, but the more you’re forced into that place, the better equipped you’ll become in facing it. Nothing strengthens you more as a person then staring down the barrel at legitimately difficult times, and coming out of them at the other end knowing you achieved it through the strength of you, and you alone. People come and go in life, but you’re the only person living in your head. Learn to love yourself and you’ll be opening the door to a much better place.
5. Kid, you’ll move mountains:
Metaphorical ones of, course – but then again, they’re the most important ones. When you think about your own position, relative the sheer scope of the universe you were born into, it’s impossible not to feel a little insignificant. Remember that by merely existing you have set off a chain of events. Sometimes they’re great, and sometimes they’re bad – sometimes they’re completely illogical, but there’s no arguing that you matter.