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Lessons I learned from Dr. Seuss

By Rachael Harris
On October 5, 2012

If you did not enjoy Dr. Seuss when you were a child, you should be ashamed of yourself. Seriously. What kind of life did you live? Dr. Seuss can teach us all some really great things, as is often the case with children's books. Read on to see five important life lessons I learned from Dr. Seuss.

  1. Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. This is a more recent lesson I've learned. Everything happens for a reason, no matter how good or bad the situation. I've learned from every negative situation and became a much better person because of it. I've relished in every positive situation and lived in each moment. It's okay to be sad when something ends, but it's more important to remember the things that make you smile, because those memories are what will get you through life. 2.
  2. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. I tend to be indecisive about pretty much everything (hey, what girl isn't?), but sometimes you just can't afford to think - you have to just do. I've become extremely chill and "gowith- the-flow" throughout my college career, which really helps me to avoid overanalyzing. Deciding whether to wear my pink sparkly flats or blue sparkly flats used to be a pretty challenging question (again, I'm a girl - these things are difficult), but thanks to Dr. Seuss, the answer is clear - pink sparkly flats are always the better option. 3.
  3. If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good. Simply put - don't be afraid to try new things. I've always been somewhat of a daredevil, and was the first to volunteer to jump off a 50- foot pole on a high school retreat. It was so much fun! My next goal is to try out archery, and maybe that is because of my love for The Hunger Games, but I can't wait to give it a go. You'll never know what you love or hate until you try. 
  4. Be who you are and say what you mean, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. I have also been known to try to do things because it's the "popular" thing to do - something else I quickly grew out of in college. I can't tell you how often I've been made fun of for my love of so-called "grandma sweaters," and in high school my friends would play the "this-shirt-is-ugly-but- Rachael-will-love-it" game while shopping. It's true, I love unusual patterns. But I was born to stand out, and my real friends won't give a crap about my personal taste or how much I make fun of them. They love me (and I love them!). 
  5. In my world, everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies. Be creative. Have a wild imagination. Have fun with life and embrace your quirks. One weird thing that I do sometimes (and have no idea that I'm doing it) is dancing while I eat. Nothing crazy, just bobbing my head around. I also like to think my life is a musical number from Glee, and I've been known to dance around the grocery store or sing about...well...everything (#theatrekidproblems). Your life is what you make it, so don't be afraid to live out loud. I could go on and on with more life lessons I learned from Dr. Seuss, filling this page with more awesome quotes. I originally had ten and then cut my list to five for the sake of page space and boring you, my lovely readers, to tears. Simply put, Dr. Seuss is amazing. Follow his wisdom and oh, the places you'll go.  

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