“Sometimes, I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast” ~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Indeed, it seems practically impossible that by this time next week I’ll have run my first half marathon and begun my final research project for graduate school! But those are only two of the six impossible things I could believe in. This post will be brief, as I’m somewhat unplugging this week in favour of relaxing before my race and enjoying the last week of break until my dissertation has been written, edited, and handed in for review. That said, I couldn’t leave you all with the Monday blues and not a cure in sight!
The above quote, from one of my favourite childhood books, came to me as we left the cinema this evening. After seeing X-Men: Apocalypse (
if you have a chance go see it because it’s phenomenal but that’s not the point of this post) we made our way back to civilisation, and I passed by a few larger-than-life posters for the Alice in Wonderland sequel. Once I looked past the dazzling colours and whimsical designs, I remembered how important it was to believe in the impossible. Whether it takes moments or years to manifest, truly believing in something is the most important part.
Challenge yourself to find something you deem impossible to believe in, right as you start your day. Maybe you’re having trouble believing you can reach a fitness or work goal, or can’t wrap your head around making a risky, though thrilling decision (like travelling or moving halfway around the world). Ask yourself why you don’t believe this is possible, and spin your thinking on its head. Even if you do nothing else with the idea that day, allowing yourself to think from a new and positive perspective can do wonders for your mentality the rest of the day (or even week!)
And if Lewis Carroll isn’t enough to inspire you, I’ll leave you with a quote from my favourite author of all time…