Inspirational quotes on Pinterest are very popular. It’s nice to see little reminders encouraging you to be amazing and to be creative and to go for a run. Quotes that remind us it’s okay not to be perfect and that things aren’t always our fault are sometimes exactly what we need to hear. Keep your head up ladies!
Sometimes I repin them mindlessly because at a glance the quote seems lovely and if it’s coupled with a beautiful photo than BAM it’s mine. But sometimes I take a step back and really think about the message. Here are 15 quotes I see often on Pinterest that make me gag:
1. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
How about you not tell me what to do Dr. Seuss…it’s okay to cry because it’s over. I MISS IT. Leave me alone.
2. “Forgive them even if they aren’t sorry.”
Huh? What? Why? And how? I can choose to stop thinking about it, stop letting the issue consume me, stop holding on to something somebody did to me…but how can you possibly forgive someone who doesn’t feel sorry? Forgive me for not understanding.
3. “Keep calm…”
I wish Pinterest would stop telling everyone to keep calm. If I’m not calm you can bet there’s a good reason for it and a pin like this surely is not going to bring me to my senses. If anything, it’s going to make me crazier…keep calm? KEEP CALM?? My cat just tumbled out of the dryer and YOU WANT ME TO KEEP CALM AND BE CREATIVE!?!?!
4. “What Susie says of Sally says more of Susie than of Sally. Remember that.”
This is a deep quote that wants you to reconsider gossip and rumor spreaders. But what if my husband cheated on me with Sally and Susie’s just trying to warn me? Maybe she’s a good friend. Maybe Sally’s the real problem. There are two sides to every story Pinterest, maybe you should stop judging Susie’s motives regarding Sally when this doesn’t concern you. Remember that.
5. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
I hate quotes that talk about how bad things make us strong. Or quotes that talk about strength in general. How do you determine how “strong” a person is? Just because someone has suffered more than another person doesn’t mean they’re any more or less strong than the next person. We suffer through bad days because we have no choice. I’m not stronger because of what I’ve been through…in fact I might be a bit less STABLE now because of it.
6. “God only gives you what you can handle.”
Do people actually believe this? Say it ain’t so!! Like God is actually sitting up in heaven thinking, “Ummm…no she can’t handle a miscarriage don’t give it to her. Give it to that one, in fact give her four! She’s stronger.” And if this is the case than how does suicide exist? Did God make a mistake thinking those people could handle what they were given and then WHOOPS…God’s bad.
7. “Be brave.”
I don’t know why I don’t like this one, but I don’t. I think it’s okay to be scared. Chicken out if you need to. I understand we all have days where we need to do something that is difficult for us and we need to just go for it, but being brave feels so isolated. I’d rather have faith that things will work out, that I’ll be okay, that dear sweet baby Jesus has got my back…but I don’t want to be brave.
8. “Things only get as bad as you are willing to let them.”
I want to slap this quote in the face. Let’s say things got REALLY bad. My day was just as bad as it could be. My daughter was attacked by a bear on the playground at school, my dog had an allergic reaction to a grape he found on the floor, a bird cracked my window after diving into it…things are BAD. You’re saying they ONLY got that bad because I “willingly” let them? You’re assuming I have control over ALL THE THINGS. I hate you.
9. “Never look down on someone unless you’re helping them up.”
I’m very tall, so this one is just hard to embrace. I look down on everyone.
10. “Slow progress is better than no progress.”
Slow progress is better than no progress…unless we’re talking about cancer right? Or getting a flea I pulled off of my dog out from under my fingernail? Or cleaning my bathroom? Or making my way out of a burning house?
11. “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.”
The five people I spend the most time with are my children and our two dogs. I didn’t choose carefully I just got STUCK with them. This explains why I stomp and cry when my husband won’t toss me a treat from his dinner plate. I’m not my own individual person with my own opinions and quirks. It all makes sense now!
12. “If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.”
I better stop taking so many pictures of myself and my dinner lest people realize what I fear losing most is myself and that delectable tenderloin filet coupled with those crispy coconut prawns and glass of cabernet sauvignon! People are on to me!! I have a better idea though. If you want to learn what someone fears losing, how about you just ask them.
13. “Someone else is happy with less than what you have.”
That’s terrific. They’ve settled. I’d like to strive for more if that’s okay. But thank you for making me feel guilty about being unhappy after losing my wedding ring today when obviously there are people all over the world who won’t ever have a wedding ring. Now I’m annoyed that I lost it AND I feel like a jerk.
14. “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less that the one you are living.”
Oh really? Because just one quote ago we were being encouraged to be happy with what we have and now you’re telling us there’s no passion in settling? Gotcha.
15. “Don’t accept anything less than what you know you deserve, times two.”
Times TWO? So now you’re saying, not only should I not settle even though other people are happy with less than what I have…but that I need to DEMAND more…times two? I need to know what I’m worth and demand MORE. Extra! Getting greedy aren’t we? One minute you’re telling me to be happy with what I have and the next minute you’re telling me to ask for more than I’m worth.
Make up your mind Pinterest!