Update: This post was originally posted on 18th October 2020 but after changing my website this post had to be re-published due to technical issues.
There has been no denying that the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown earlier this year and more recently restrictions (at least here in the Scotland), have had an impact on everyone's mental health to some extent or other. And with the continuing uncertainty which continues having an impact on everyone's mental health I thought I would share some quotes about hope.
"I am not an optimist, but a great believer in hope." - Nelson Mandela
I think that this is a great quote by the amazing man that was Nelson Mandela, it calls on that old adage of cup half empty or half full. Believing in hope sometimes is the hardest but the best thing we can do.
I personally live in hope that one day there will be a normal where we have stability without worry of what is going to be announced in the news each day. It might not be the old normal but stability not just for the obvious positive impact this would have on the economy but more importantly on all out mental health.
"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." - J.K.Rowling
I've often written how I've not exactly had an easy time over the past couple of years, from being involved in a car accident where my car was written off, being two hours away from being homeless with my daughter who at the time was only 6 years old, being given a place by my local council which had no gas, electricity, water, flooring or window dressings. That resulted in my daughter and me sofa surfing for 2 weeks while I got everything sorted. We then got in to realize we had been placed above drug users and the close of the building often stank of drugs and police a regular visitor to the building.
During this my gran health was getting worse and she was diagnosed with vascular dementia. And with myself being the only family member who is actually involved with her it is myself that has had to deal with doctors, careers and social services, never mind the police calling me directly when she reports my late grandfather missing. All this added to the fact I live about an hours drive away from her, so every week I do at least one trip through to her and phone daily.
As well as all this I was going through my divorce which wasn't exactly pleasant at times although I was doing my best to get along with my ex for our daughters sake. It's not really surprising I was diagnosed with anxiety during all that.
However, after some time had passed I started to realize that this was just a spring board for me to build an even better life for me and my daughter. I am a long way from where I want to be, I am still in the flat the council put me and my daughter in, my grans dementia is slowly getting worse as sadly that is the nature of this horrible disease. But my ex and I have come out the other side of our divorce and although I would never got to the extent to say we are friends but we get on well again and that can only be good for our daughter.
And although I am still above the same neighbors all is quite as one of them is currently serving a custodial sentence and the rest of family leave us alone and we leave them alone.
My point to this ramble is that everything happens for a reason, whether you call it gods plan, fate or whatever. And there is always a positive to everything that happens. And sometimes hitting rock bottom is so you can rebuild an even better life for yourself and your loved ones. So never give up hope.
"Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet still become something beautiful." - Beau Taplin
What a beautiful quote about hope, and it is so true a caterpillar goes into the dark of a chrysalis and then emerges as a beautiful butterfly. The moral that we can take in regards to out own mental health is that no matter how dark things may seem, you will come out the other side stronger. I have been through that journey myself and I know it's hard when you are going through it at times but don't give up hope.
Breath, darling. This is just a chapter, not your whole story." - S. C. Lourie
This is so hard to remember, but it is so important to remember.
We all go through times in our lives where is feels like everything is against us. This year hasn't been easy on anyone with lock down and restrictions. But this year will come to an end and one day (I hope) restrictions will end once we have a vaccine. And in another few years we will all look back on this year and realize it was only one chapter in our lives.
"My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be." - Wayne Dyer
It's natural to compare ourselves to our peers, and in our society now where we have social media it is even easier to compare ourselves to the polished lives of others that they let us see. But what we really need to remember is that what we see is only what others let us see.
However, the person we should be using as a mark to how and where to improve ourselves from, is the person we were yesterday. As long as you take one step forward in life no matter how big or small then that is what is important.
"Hope is the only thing stronger than fear." - Unknown
What better quote about hope than this, and if you take only one quote away from this post I hope it is this one. No matter how strong your fear that something won't work out, or fear that you are not going to manage something. Your hope that it will work out or you will manage what's ahead will always be stronger than your fear.
"Hardship often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny" - C. S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis was a gifted author and I love this quote, as it reminds us that no matter what we are going through. No matter how hard we are finding it, it is preparing us for the next phase of our lives. After all if I hadn't been through my own struggles with mental health I wouldn't be the person I am today. If I hadn't been through my struggles of the last couple of years I wouldn't have started my business and blog. Yes my business is evolving and I'll admit it isn't quite what I thought it was going to be but I feel that everything I have been through is leading me to my own destiny.
If you are going through hard times please hold on, you are being prepared for your won amazing destiny.
"However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there's life, there's hope." - Stephen Hawkin
This is possibly one of my top three favourite quotes about hope, not just because of the quote itself but also because of who said is. I will admit my knowledge of Stephen Hawkin is not as through as it probably should be. But even if like me and your knowledge of Stephen Hawkin is limited it'll probably be enough to be in awe of the amazing man.
Not only was he incredibly influential in the field of physics but he's awe inspiring as he never let his diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease stop him. And it's the later I find the most inspiring, and it's not just him I find inspiring, anyone who has such awful diagnosis but don't let it stop them.
But aside from who said it when you look at what the quote on its own you see how inspiring and how is it full of hope. As no matter how tough things get as long as there is life there is hope.
"Your victory is right around the corner. Never give up." - Nicki Minaj
A quote of hope to remind us that the next day could bring you the win you've worked this long for. So never give up as you never know how close you are to that win.
"It's ok if you lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire." - Colette Werden
This is a quote that I love as it reminds us that it is ok for life to get too much sometimes, but that when we get back up to rise strong.
Just as the mythical creature the phoenix bursts into flames when it dies and is reborn from its own ashes. So shall you be reborn from every time life knocks you down, and you'll be reborn stronger than ever.
I hope at least some of these quotes about hope will help inspire you.