Welcome to another of my Monday Message posts! Our quote for this week comes from a book that I am currently reading (not for the first time): Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
“I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul” – Bram Stoker, “Dracula”.
When looking for a motivational quote, most people wouldn’t turn to Dracula. It’s a gothic text and, as a result of this, it’s pretty gruesome. Nevertheless, there are some really beautiful quotes in this book, some of which I really admire. This particular quote appears very early on, when Jonathan Harker first begins to suspect that the mysterious Count Dracula may not be quite… normal.
This isn’t exactly a positive moment in Dracula, but I really love this quote, so I’ve decided to turn it into a source of motivation. So, here’s my message for the week: stop thinking that everything has to be black and white! Harker can’t understand what is happening around him, and although that terrifies him, it also seems to excite him. The unknown can be terrifying, but it can also be wonderful. When we “think strange things”, we’re allowing our imagination to take over, and our imagination is everything – especially if you’re a writer! So, that’s my message for the week: remember that it’s okay to not know everything. Embrace the unknown, and relax.