Three day quote challenge, day three

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley. Image of child's plastic tricycle parked in long grass. Su Leslie, 2017

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley. Image: Su Leslie 2017

Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.George Bernard Shaw

When I was young, I remember the notion of “finding yourself” being talked about — in popular culture at least — as a thing that people (young, middle class, white people) could do.

At 12 or 13 it seemed terribly glamorous and infinitely desirable.

I also remember my father — a no-nonsense, working-class member of  The Silent Generation (1)– scoffing. His mantra was more or less “if you can’t find yourself in the mirror, then running of to join a commune isn’t going to help.”

Perhaps that’s why this quote appeals to me so much. It balances my desire to reach for something beyond an unexamined humdrum existence, with a sneaking feeling that my dad’s pragmatism resonates more with me that I would have ever have wanted to admit.

More importantly, it acknowledges that we are all work in progress.

The Three Day Quote Challenge works like this:

1) Thank the person who nominated you
2) Post a quote for 3 consecutive days ( 1 post each day )
3) Nominate 3 bloggers each day

I’m grateful to Ju-Lyn at Sunrise, Sunset for inviting me to join this challenge and giving me reason to reflect on quotes and ideas that are meaningful to me.

If you haven’t already been invited to join this,  and would like to — please do.

I for one am happy to read all the extra words of wisdom (or fun) that are sent my way.


  1. The Silent Generation is the term given to those born between 1924 and 1945.
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26 thoughts on “Three day quote challenge, day three

  1. Perfect quotes, and I completely agree with your dad’s pragmatic approach to this and reminds me of the saying that the only things we can find on an island are the things we bring with us.

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    • I hadn’t heard that saying!! I’m a fan of the BBC radio programme ‘Desert Island Discs’ and when I read your comment. I thought of all their “castaways” and whether they would choose their desert island items differently if the saying was literally true.

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  2. I like photo, quote, and your story, Su. Unfortunately, too many people spend all their time creating something that’s not good for them or for others. We should all take stock of what we’re creating, in all areas.

    janet

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  3. A poignant quote, and thoughtful reflections (and I just love that photograph!).
    You have triggered my memories on my efforts to Find Myself. I remember becoming increasingly agitated as a young adult as I felt more and more lost. It was only when frustration and hitting rock bottom (or at least, that’s what it felt like then) compelled me to Stop. And let things Be. That was when I had the time & space to really get to know myself and the process of growing could continue.

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