There are many times in our 20s when we wish we could retreat back to our childhood days. The only real burden we faced back then was fighting for the prime swing at recess.
We had no deadlines to meet, and we lived for the moment. We were young, innocent and carefree.
We had our entire lives ahead of us.
Stress was obsolete... unless we're talking about dodging cooties from cuties.
We ate as much Kraft Mac & Cheese and dinosaur egg oatmeal as we pleased... because we kids defined YOLO before it was even, well, YOLO.
We cruised down the halls in our Heely sneakers, with the hall monitors trailing not too far behind. And don't even get me started on those neon Limited Too pants that casually unzipped into capris when you got hot.
Even though we probably won't be rocking those Limited Too gems anymore, there are still some things we bring with us from our childhood into our 20s.
Here are 12 quotes from books we read in our childhood that will still motivate you when you need to get your shit together in your 20s:
1. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” — JM Barrie, “Peter Pan”
2. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Louisa May Alcott, “Little Women”
3. “Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” — Roald Dahl, “The Minpins"
4. “So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible.” — Norton Juster, “The Phantom Tollbooth”
5. “But all the magic I have known I've had to make myself.” — Shel Silverstein, “Where the Sidewalk Ends"
6. “I am a city child. I live at The Plaza.” — Kay Thompson, "Eloise"
7. “There is nothing sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.” — Kate DiCamillo, “The Tale of Despereaux"
8. “We can all dance if we find the right music.” — Giles Andreae, “Giraffes Can't Dance”
9. “I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does.” — LM Montgomery, “Anne of Green Gables"
10. “Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — AA Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”
11. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — JK Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
12. “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” — Roald Dahl, “The Twits”