We’ve all been there, scouring the Internet for inspirational quotes and blog posts, trying to find the strength to get over a broken heart. But while I understand the sentiment that such inspirational quotes are trying to relay, some of them are outright ridiculous.
1. “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, am out of control and at times, hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” —Marilyn Monroe
This translates to, “I’m a psychotic hot mess.” How is this inspirational? Everyone is selfish, impatient, and insecure. Why in the world do you want to point out your faults? That’s like being on a first date and when your partner says, “Tell me more about yourself,” you answer with, “Well, I’m needy, desperate, and sometimes I get drunk and make a total ass out of myself.” Guess who’s not getting a second date?
This quote is true only because it relates to EVERYONE. Maybe you should just say that a lot of good and bad things are bottled up inside of you and then ask yourself if you’re willing to handle someone at their worst.
2. “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) Also, “No regrets.”
OK, stop it right now. What does this even mean? You only live once, so you should be extremely risky and throw all caution to the wind just to do whatever it is that enters your mind?
“This person I just met five minutes ago is so hot and they’re totally DTF. I don’t have a condom, though. Screw it, YOLO!”
It’s one thing to use this motto to pump yourself up about asking for what you deserve, but you know what else you only do once? Die. Don’t be an idiot.
3. “Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” —Bob Marley
I understand the point. I really do. Your significant other is going to say things that make you question your worth. Your children are going to royally piss you off. Your parents can make you feel like the biggest loser alive. But who wants to suffer during this short time we have on Earth? Yeah, people you love more than anything are going to hurt you, but you forgive them and move on, or you forgive them and get out. NO ONE is worth suffering for.
4. “Just be yourself.” Also, “To thine own self be true.”
What if you’re a jackass? What if you’re a pedophile? Do you want to be true to that? Can we really despise Adolf Hitler for the Holocaust? What if he was just being himself? Everyone has a darkness inside of them, and our mission in life is to work past it and find the light. Ask yourself what goodness lies in you, and be THAT.
5. “Only God can judge me.”
Look, everyone judges everyone else. Yeah, there could be a lot of depth and wisdom inside of that crackhead, but you know that sooner or later they’re going to steal from you to feed their habit. Have you ever had an online dating profile? JUDGING! Have you ever turned down a date with a physically unattractive person? JUDGING! Have you ever gone on a job interview? JUDGING! Have you ever looked at someone in your family who is addicted to crystal meth and the love you have for them pushes you to stage an intervention and confront them about how they’re ruining their life? JUDG—wait. Yeah, that’s judging. You’re forming an opinion about how someone else lives his or her life.
Maybe only God has the RIGHT to judge you, but you’ll always be judged by everyone you ever meet. This inspirational quote should be, “People are going to think what they want to about me, but, I’ll still get eight hours of sleep tonight.”
Instead of wasting time reading through these proverbs, just tell yourself that if whatever you want is good and true and profitable, then you’re absolutely worth it.