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On: InspoQuotes

On:Adwoa AduseiComment

Does it ever feel overwhelming the amount of fire we’re supposed to eke out of inspirational quotes? Does it ever get old that the majority of these quotes are from [dead] [white] men about how they overcame fear and redefined what success was? Granted, they’ve had lots of experiences from which the world can learn, one sunny quote at a time. But, the sheer number of them can be a bit much, non? I mean, a healthy dose of cynicism must strengthen our immune systems right?

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Though, as I was compiling this I must say that I was emboldened a little bit more to look fear in the face and go after dreams and put hard work into all of my endeavors. But in all truth perhaps I/we have more in common with [dead] [white] men than the current mood would have us realize...But then, in the same motivationping.com roundup of 100 inspirational quotes, I came across this Newt Gingrich quote which has been cringe-inducingly posted next to a carefree woman clearly  #livingherbestlife.

Screengrab from  www.motivationping.com

Screengrab from www.motivationping.com

I mean, this is the russian roulette problem with random inspo-quotes. Sure, it's good to get a well rounded view of the world and see things from the perspectives of those whom you never thought you’d agree with, but I don’t know. I found this unintentional juxtaposition funnier or at least more telling than even the very intentional humor of say, Jack Handey or David Sedaris; neither of whom I’m sure would like to be compared to Newt. I’ll take a Jack Handey quote almost any day.  

Screengrab from  www.nbc.com

Screengrab from www.nbc.com

The start to 2019 has indeed already thrown some loops my way re: heart and health but I’m going to approach any oncoming curveballs like all the great successful motivational [dead] [white] men of yore: just barrel ahead fearlessly (side-eye emoji) and hopefully engender some InspoQuotes of my own one day. #thedream 

~ Ohemaa Serwaa