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8 Quotes from “Say Anything” That Teach Us How to Rock at Life

8 Quotes from “Say Anything” That Teach Us How to Rock at Life

A 35-year-old version of Lloyd Dobler from the movie Say Anything is my total dream man.

All passionate, and kind, and genuine, and funny, and full of heart. *Swooooon.*  A version of him is out there somewhere, just waiting for me with his boombox and sweet hopeful smile…ah.

Say Anything is pretty much perfection. I love it so so very much. It’s not only got everything great about the 80′s coming-of-age flicks, but it is also arguably one of the most quotable movies ever.

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But that’s just, like, my opinion, man.

Here are 8 quotes from this awesome movie that teach us how to rock at life:

Lloyd Dobler: How many of them really know what they want, though? I mean, a lot of them think they have to know, right? But inside they don’t really know, so… I don’t know, but I know that I don’t know.
I wish that I knew that I didn’t know when I was eighteen!  In order to find the answers to life’s big questions, we must first know that there are indeed questions to be answered.  Three very precious words are the gateway to all knowledge – I don’t know.

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Lloyd Dobler: You must chill. You must chill.
Wigging out has never accomplished anything, plus it’s really obnoxious.  Don’t be a spaz.  Breathe deep, stay calm, and think clear.

Lloyd Dobler: I am looking for a dare to be great situation.
Ah, I love this one!  It makes me wanna do a fistpump!  I am looking for a life to be remembered. A life that improves the lives that surround it. A life that expands my soul.  It feels empowering just to say it, “I am looking for a dare to be great situation”.  BOOM!  Espavo!  Mediocrity is not something we have to accept – and the world benefits most from those who refuse to.

Constance: There’s no food in your food!
Joan Cusak is so wise.  I wish she were my older sister. Processed food is hard for our bodies to extract nutrition from (if it has any to begin with).  It’s best to not eat anything with ingredients too long and crazy to pronounce.  The fewer and simpler the ingredients, the better.

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Lloyd: I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career.  I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.  You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.
Sometimes it feels like those are the only options in this crazy ass society, but there’s more, there really is!  What do you love?  What makes time fly?  When do you feel ‘in the flow’?  Tenaciously pursue that thing with all of your heart – and answer phones, or deliver pizza, or whatever hustle you can rustle – until you can make some dough doing what you love.

Lloyd: She gave me a pen.  I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.
Pens are important tools that show us that we have the power to create the life we want, and that the world is just our blank page.  Nah, I’m totally kidding! This is just a really great quote, and I couldn’t bear to leave it out.

Lloyd: Why can’t you be in a good mood?  How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood and be in a good mood once in a while?
It’s easy to forget that we have control over the thoughts we think, which yield the emotions we feel.  We can choose to be in a good mood and enjoy the day, regardless of the circumstances.  What’s the worst thing that could happen if you chose to focus on the positive instead of having yourself a pity party?

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Diane Court: Nobody thinks it will work, do they?
Lloyd Dobler: No. You just described every great success story.
Challenging society’s norms, taking risks, and daring to defy others’ expectations is the only way anything great has ever been done.  Follow your heart and screw what other people think!

See? Best movie ever.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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