She has a style all her own that is easy to relate to.
Do you ever just look back on all your experiences and see the beauty in them, both good and bad? If I had to guess, I would say most people forever hold certain experiences with disfavor, and associate them with negative qualities without ever seeing a silver lining to them, even after the fact.
Fortunately enough, however, there are more positive people in this world we live in who can see the deeper purpose in a toughest of life lessons, as opposed to just blocking out the experiences altogether.
One of those people is polished poet, Pavana Reddy, who has already published her wildly successful book, Rangoli, which is a collection of poems from her travels throughout her life.
Pavana, may be living in Los Angeles these days, but she moved a lot as a child. She’s lived in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Canada just to name a few.
Throughout her travels Reddy has seen many different cultures, but she says she could never really adjust to one culture because as soon as she would she would relocate again.
“I think the constant shuffling around had a lot to do with my desire to write, mainly because it served as a way to form these connections with my surroundings in a way I couldn’t do on my own. I started writing really young, I wrote my first “real” poem when I was 9 dedicated to my favorite novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn.”
According to Reddy, the literary world isn’t very welcoming to poets – especially ones who have gained a readership via social media, such as she has with her over 54 thousand followers on her Instagram. But it’s not all bad – because she’s so active online, she feels more in-touch with her fans. She’s able to speak directly to her readers, inspire them to start writing on their own, and even hear the kind words of people who’ve been inspired by her work, which she says is the “favorite part of what [she does].”
To give you a synopsis of her powerful work, a lot of her poems and quotes are about perseverance and growth. Here, we’ve picked some of our favorites of her best quotes and poems. If you want to see more of her work, beyond this story, follow her on Instagram, or visit her website to purchase her book.
1. Don’t let life get you down. More often than not, you’ll bounce back.
“In another life, the storm isn’t strong enough to steal you away. In another life, we bloom.”-Pavana Reddy
2. Your life is meant to be lived, not perfected. Also your journey is about you, not everyone else.
“Light a few candles and burn a few bridges. Not everyone deserves to be a part of your journey.”-Pavana Reddy
3. Those who have the worst past often create the best future.
“I have silences buried so deeply, I weep when they blossom.”-Pavana Reddy
4. Perseverance is a beautiful process.
“The way you rise through your mourning, even the sun is jealous.”-Pavana Reddy
5. A lot of times you won’t be able to move on from something until you’ve learned it’s purpose in your life.
“The pain, it will leave once it has finished teaching you.”-Pavana Reddy
6. Authenticity is key, and you’ll realize that after you’ve tried to imitate many others.
“You will become a graveyard of all the women you once were before you rise one morning embraced by your own skin. You will swallow a thousand different names before you taste the meaning held within your own.”-Pavana Reddy
7. You’ve come a long way from where you started.
“You are not your roots. You are a flower grown from them.”-Pavana Reddy
8. To truly heal, you must fully accept even the darkest parts of your past.
“You can’t forget and call that healing. One doesn’t leap over the fire and name that strength.”-Pavana Reddy
9. Lead with your heart, or don’t lead at all.
“We put our hearts into what we love. We stain it with our own blood.”-Pavana Reddy
10. These days it’s hard to meet someone who truly takes the time to get to know you, isn’t it?
“When was the last time someone ran their fingers through the knots of your soul?”-Pavana Reddy
11. You think you know me, but you don’t know the half of it.
“I am not your exotic country. Knowing me does not make you a traveler.”-Pavana Reddy
12. If healing was easy, everyone would be perfect.
“Healing is an art, it takes time. It takes practice. It takes love.”-Pavana Reddy
13. Be careful whom you give your energy to.
“If giving leaves you feeling empty you’re giving too much to the wrong person.”-Pavana Reddy
14. People’s energy rubs off on you. Be careful whom you hang around.
“Your soul is attracted to people the way flowers are attracted to the sun. Surround yourself only with those who want to see you grow.”-Pavana Reddy
15. Sometimes it’s best to take a challenge head on. You may surprise yourself and find out you’re stronger than you thought.
“Show me your worst the earth said to the storm, and I will blossom anyway.”-Pavana Reddy
16. Instead of getting caught up in the negativity of your own head, be the positivity you wish to see in life.
“When there’s nothing left to burn, be the rain who brings everything good back to life.”-Pavana Reddy
17. Running from your problems is a temporary fix. Fighting through them can last you a lifetime.
“I no longer wish for shelter from the storm but for the calm of the sea to overcome it.”-Pavana Reddy
18. The sooner you realize the treasures you have within, the sooner you realize that the world is your oyster.
“Seek the world and you will only lose yourself. Seek yourself and you will discover the world.”-Pavana Reddy
19. When you’re truly in love with someone, you can be yourself with that person. You don’t have to hide anything about yourself.
“Love isn’t where we hide our ghosts. Love is where we release them.”-Pavana Reddy
20. May you realize the benefits of your battles.
“May roses blossom from your pain.”-Pavana Reddy
21. Writers often produce their best work when they write about something they’ve either lived through or gotten a full understanding of.
“Countless are the number of winters a writer will live through before she can write about spring.”-Pavana Reddy
22. Complexion doesn’t matter. Beauty is beauty.
“Brown girl, you are lovely in every shade.”-Pavana Reddy
23. Never rush to forgive or forget. When your soul is ready to do either of the two, you will know?
“How much have we forgiven, to forget. How much more have we forgotten, to forgive?”-Pavana Reddy
24. Isn’t it amazing how time can heal most wounds?
“Tell me it isn’t magic the way you heal yourself.”-Pavana Reddy
25. Sometimes forgiveness is the best way to grow from your hard times.
“Touch your wounds with forgiveness.”-Pavana Reddy
Eric Webb is a writer living in New Jersey. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Penn State, and he’s passionate about sports and encouraging people to be themselves.
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