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ABC’s of Life

26 Ways to Enjoy Everything Life Has to Offer.

Life isn’t about reaching your destination, it’s about embarking on a journey. Don’t focus on the end, focus on how you’re getting there. Remember the people you meet, the places you see and the stories you hear. That’s what will keep you moving forward and make the journey worthwhile.

People don’t care about the rollercoaster ride to achieve happiness. What they fail to realize is that success depends on the ride — the highs and lows, the turns and loops and the slow and fast. You jump in the ride expecting it to be exciting and fun, but once you get on you realize there are obstacles you run into before getting off. You hopped on believing you could achieve anything, but you second-guess yourself once you start. The straight path becomes a hill, and you hesitate for just a second. The next hesitation is longer and comes when you see the hills become bigger. These hesitations build up and lead you to believe that you will never catch a break.

Had you enjoyed the ride up and down the mountain, the 360 turns you made and the tempo at which you went, you wouldn’t need a break because you would’ve enjoyed yourself. Rather than wanting the moments to end, you should’ve enjoyed them even if they weren’t what you wanted or expected. Make the most of what you’ve got and smile at what goes wrong. If you can be happy when things don’t go your way, imagine how you’ll be when they do.

ASK
“Asking questions doesn’t mean you don’t know your job, asking questions means you want to improve the quality of your work.”
― Robert Allen

BRAVE
“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”
― Win Borden

CARE
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
― Leo Buscaglia

DARE
“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”
― John Green

ENJOY
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

FREE
“Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You…Be Free…Share.”
― Steve Maraboli

GRATEFUL
“Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body.”
― Golda Poretsky

HEALTHY
“By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgment. You are beautiful!”
― Steve Maraboli

IMAGINATION
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
― Albert Einstein

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JOURNEY
“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.”
― Romana L. Anderson

KNOWLEDGE
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

LIVE
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

MISUNDERSTOOD
“Misunderstood! It is a right fool’s word. Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

NO
“No is a complete sentence and so often we forget that.
When we don’t want to do something we can simply smile and say no.
We don’t have to explain ourselves, we can just say “No”.
Early on my journey I found developing the ability to say no expanded my ability to say yes and really mean it.
My early attempts at saying no were often far from graceful but with practice even my no came from a place of love.
Love yourself enough to be able to say yes or no.”
― Susan Gregg

OPEN
“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
― Marcus Aurelius

PASSION
“Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle, not your lifestyle around your career.”
―Anonymous

QUOTES
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
― Zig Ziglar

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RELENTLESS
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison

STUBBORN
“If you could stay as stubborn as when you were a child then you need not to compromise on your dreams.”
― Amit Kalantri

TRUTH
“The greatest regret is being what others would want you to be rather than being yourself.”
― Shannon L. Alder

UNPREDICTABLE
“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.”
― Gilda Radner

VALUE
“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.”
― Anonymous

WEIRD
“You have to be odd to be number one”
― Dr. Seuss

X-RATED
“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.”
― Nora Ephron

YOU
“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.”
― Leo F. Buscaglia

ZONE
“The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.”
― Dan Stevens

Claudia Pagán

University of Maryland | 3 stories

I'm your typical college student with a not so typical view on life. I'm very proud to call the University of Maryland my home away from home. I don't let age or inexperience stop me from going after what I want. My days include running around with a notepad and a camera and my nights include bars and designer shoes [aka the gym and Nikes].


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