When I was in high school, my friends' super groovy brother had a T-shirt that said ‘Keep on Truckin’. It was in a crazy rounded font with bad grammar, but I thought it was really cool. Originally from a comic book, it became a slogan for optimism in the 70’s and resonated with people of all ages, even me.
Prior to that, I don’t remember any zippy slogans at all, unless you include the biblical ones. My Grandma Catherine used to say that, 'God helps those who helps themselves’, which, when you think about it, isn’t that much different than ‘Keep on Truckin’. In fact, most of my favourite life quotes bear semblance to my friends’ brothers’ T-shirt with the big fat font.
When life eventually evolved beyond acne and essays I found a few new phrases which were helpful in day to day life. ‘Keep the Faith’ (Jon Bon Jovi) made it’s way into my heart, as did, ‘Life’s a Journey not a Destination’ (Emerson, then Tyler). Later, to cover any missteps and adventures I fell back on ‘Man Plans, God Laughs’.
These days I’ve come to rely upon a few chosen words. As November winds down I feel victorious at having made it through my least favorite month without falling apart. Granted, the treatments are making me feel a little more crabby (at times) and puffy (at times) and hairless (all the time). But with a little bit of lipstick and a few favourite quotes, I think I’ve done rather well.
This isn’t the first time I’ve shared my precious jewels, but as most of my friends are losing their memory, it’s like they’ll be hearing it again for the first time!
◊ Ask for what you need
◊ Do what ought to be done
◊ Feel the fear and add some courage
◊ Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be
◊ No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
To me, these words are perfect in their strength and simplicity. But if you need to gussy them up, to each could be added ... and Keep on Trucking.