It’s Charles Dickens’ 202nd birthday today.
I like Dickens.
Though, not as much as I like Charles Darwin (are we surprised?), whose birthday I share. 12th February, if anyone’s wondering. Isn’t that just the best thing ever? Yes, is the answer you’re looking for. It’ll be his 205th birthday on Wednesday.
Happy birthday, guys!!
To Dickens today, and to Darwin for 12th.
Dickens has some pretty wonderful quotes to his name, and there is always one in particular I recall whenever I cry… Over the last couple of days (like seriously that recently), I’ve been crying SO MUCH I’m starting to think my eyes are broken and they’re just permanently leaking. Constantly crying… You know when you cry so much that it actually feels as though your very soul is trembling when you inhale? Yeah, well, that’s been me. I got an early birthday message through the post from a friend today, and I cried as if someone had just died. I get cross with myself when I cry so much, I really hate it, but I do have a bit of a stupid mental block when it comes to crying – specifically crying in front of people. Therefore, no one ever really knows how upset I am because I hide it in front of them, but the second I’m alone… Oh, hiya floods of tears! I don’t know why. I just can’t bear crying in front of people. Even my own mother… I’ve also got a stupid eye. I have sectoral heterochromia in my left eye – a third of it is hazel while the rest is blue – which is ugly enough as it is, but when I cry or tear up in the slightest, the hazel just bursts into vibrancy for some reason and it’s SO OBVIOUS and I hate it, so I’m constantly looking away or covering my left eye. Aren’t I wonderfully self-conscious. I should get an eye patch, and pretend to be a pirate. But anyway, despite all that, I then remember this quote from Dickens, and it makes me feel slightly better about my broken eyes…:
“It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away.” – Charles Dickens
Isn’t that a lovely quote? There’s nothing wrong with crying… so don’t let your overly emotional side tell you that there is (yeah, Jenny, I hope you’re listening to yourself here). There are a few other quotes of his that I love, too:
“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” – Charles Dickens
Again, isn’t that so lovely? Such a beautiful way to view the matter of any painful departure. Maybe then, with such joy, we can cry happy tears. Happy tears are so beautiful – so honest and pure.
“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens
This is something we should all try to remember. Always. We cannot wallow in our sorrows, or at least we should try out utmost not to, for as Dickens said, we have so many blessings. The fact you are reading this now is a blessing, for you can see. What else can you see? Open those eyes!
And finally, I’m going to finish with a quote of Dickens’ that will actually link to my next post, whenever I decide to share it.
“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” – Charles Dickens
Keep seeing that light… 🙂