“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself”
– Anna Quindlen
Hey GirlMoguls! It’s Rose here, with an inspirational quote I found! Today’s quote comes from Anna Quindlen, an American author, journalist, and a columnist. She is Barnard College graduate and has written five best selling books, out of which three were made into motion pictures. She has also written for numerous New York newspapers. I think Anna Quindlen captures the quintessential dilemma with most young girls today. In this day and age, teenage girls all across the world face challenges, but none that are as tough as having the pressure of being perfect. School, friends, and society demand a girl to have the perfect looks and the perfect hair and makeup. It’s not easy to be a young girl today without feeling the need to look just right and match up to the rest of the other girls. Girls feel insecure not being and/or looking their best. There is always more competition amongst girls than there are with guys. I know I feel that kind of pressure in school.
I think what Mrs. Quindlen is trying to say here is that we need to begin to love ourselves for who we truly are. Stop trying to be someone you are not and start accepting yourself for who you really are. It is not easy to give up on striving to be the best, but that shouldn’t push you to become someone that you are not. We should all try to become the best of our own selves, and do the best we can. Then, we can just be content with who we are instead of obsessing over what everyone else thinks! So, girls, let’s take her advice and try it! Let me know how your journey goes!
“Parents can only give good advice or put them [children] on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank
Anne Frank is best renowned for her book which was published after her death, The Diary of a Young Girl. The book tells the story of her experiences in hiding out during the World War II. She was a very strong, determined and intelligent young girl. This quotation comes from her book and speaks of how all individuals ultimately decide and shape their lives and personas. Our parents try their best to discipline us and advise us on what is good or bad so we can stay on the right track. They are always there to make sure we are doing the right thing and that we learn from our mistakes. Sometimes we get upset and we don’t quite understand why we are being yelled at or disciplined, and sometimes it even hurts our parents to yell at us. But, I like to think they do it for our own good, so that we turnout out to be good individuals. Ultimately, parents and the adults that surround us want us to become well rounded, and thus lead us to that path as Anne Frank states. The idea is that these kinds of tools are given to us, but we must use them to become the people we want to be.
They try their best while we are young to teach us good from bad and right from wrong but when we become young adults we start to make our own choices in life. I’m sure you can think of when you were little your parents would tell you not do something “because they said so.” I never liked those responses, but now I can appreciate that my parents were just trying to give me the tools to become a better person in society. We come at a point in our lives when we are old enough to decide for ourselves on what we want and what we should do. In this quotation, I believe Anne Frank is saying that there is only so much our parents can do for us. They advise us based on their experiences and beliefs, but in the end, we all make our own decisions and it’s in our discretion how we turn out. We decide ourselves who we become, and keep their thoughts in mind.
We all hear of the girl Anne Frank in school, and maybe we’ve read her most famous diary. But, it’s also important to learn about someone’s background and history. That can help us understand her words and meaning, such as in the quotation I picked to highlight this week. So, I did some digging!
I found out that Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929, in the city of Frankfurt am Main in Weimar, Germany. In 1933, she moved with her family to Amsterdam. After the Nazis came into power in Netherlands, the Jews were being victimized and a lot of them went into hiding. Anne and her family were among the many Jewish families that had to hideout to avoid persecution. They hid inside of a hidden room in her father’s office building. Unfortunately, after 2 years of hiding they were caught and sent to the concentration camps. Anne Frank had passed away due to typhus after spending a few months inside the concentration camps. Her father was the sole survivor from his family in World War II, and survived the long suffering in the camp. After the war had ended, he returned to Amsterdam and found a diary of Anne which documented all of her experiences during the war. He went on to publish the diary in 1947 for the world to read her stories. The diary chronicles her experiences in the war from June 12, 1942, to August 1, 1944.
The diary is internationally acclaimed as one of the most widely read books in the world. It is read in classrooms and her stories are taught to kids in school all over the world. Anytime there are stories told of Holocaust, Anne Frank’s name is usually mentioned because of her commitment to documenting her experiences, and the exposure her words give to us today. Her tragic story and experience during the war has given a lot of the readers a closer look at what people faced during those troubled times. Although she was a young girl at the time, she was very determined to become more than just a mother and a wife. She wanted more from life and she had big dreams; she wanted to become a journalist, or a writer. She started to document her stories in her diary which was given to her for her birthday not knowing if anyone would ever read them or if they would ever mean anything to anyone. Now those stories have inspired thousands and have touched so many people and she is a part of our history. Anne Frank will live on through her story forever. Have you read the diary of Anne Frank? If so, let me know what you thought of it!