Jane Austen is the Queen.
Of what, you may ask? The Queen of opening lines.
Now I have talked about this before, but it definitely needs to be going over again. We all talk about Pride and Prejudice:
But you know what, that isn’t the best one.
I know! You are probably freaking out-but it is true. This is the opening line to Northanger Abbey:
“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine. Her situation in life, the character of her father and mother, her own person and disposition, were all equally against her.”
Listen to that. AMAZING!!!!
People look at Catherine and thought she had no chance if being anything but just a regular average person. She had no outstanding family, nothing that at first glance set her apart, she wasn’t drop dead gorgeous-she was a wonderful person but to most just seen as average.
No one would have ever thought her do have any adventure, have a great romance, mystery, suspense, anything. But guess what, she does.
Wow. I love that. People may see you and judge their expectations of what you will be or achieve based on family, where you grew up, your appearance, whatever- but you don’t have to fall into that line. You can do whatever you set yourself to-no matter what others think.
Don’t hold yourself to others expectations, but achieve your own.
Yep powerful words. Don’t let others views of you or judgement stop you, do your thing. Be what you want. And work to achieve what you are going after.
And Catherine will not let any of those things stop her. 🙂
For more Northanger Abbey, go to Why is Northanger Abbey Always Ignored?
For more on Catherine Morland, go to You Put the Jedi in Pride & PreJEDIce
For more Ayn Rand quotes, go to Why Everyone Should Read Gone With the Wind