I am a complete book nerd, and proud of it! Thus I have had many favorite authors over the years. They created characters that stuck with me, made me laugh and cry. Characters that were as real to me as my real-life friends (and sometimes far less taxing). But none of their tom(132683)Credit: http://www.thecliffwalk.com/entry/tom-robbinswords quite struck a chord and stuck with me as much as Tom Robbins. His stories are insane, hilarious and moving. The characters in his stories have been my some of my most  important teachers over the past few years.

This is what I've learned.


You can't keep waiting for your life to begin. Life is NOW. Enjoy and appreciate what you have. Go out and get what you want.

“Oh God, are there so many of them in our land! Students who can’t be happy until they’ve graduated, servicemen who can’t be happy until they are discharged, single folks who can’t be happy until they’ve found a mate, workers who can’t be happy until they’ve retired, adolescents who aren’t happy until they’re grown, ill people who aren’t happy until they’re well, failures who aren’t happy until they succeed, restless who can’t wait until they get out of town, and in most cases, vice versa, people waiting, waiting for the world to begin.”

-Tom Robbins


Only you can "complete yourself". There is no other half that will fix you and make you happy and loved. You must be happy on your own, before you can be happy with another.

“When we're incomplete, we're always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we're still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on--series polygamy--until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.”

-Tom Robbins


Embrace your uniquneness. No seriously. There is only one you in this world. That is an absolute miracle. Enjoy it.

“Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it in, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life's bittersweet route.”

― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

Never stop learning and growing. Shock yourself. Expand your mind. Challenge everything you know.

“Growing up is a trap," snapped Dr. Robbins. "When they tell you to shut up, they mean stop talking. When they tell you to grow up, they mean stop growing. Reach a nice level plateau and settle there, predictable and unchanging, no longer a threat.” ― Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues


“Minds were made for blowing.”
― Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

Take control of your own life.

“Should you fail to pilot your own ship, don't be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked.”
― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume


Don't take it all so seriously. Play. Have fun. Enjoy life and never forget to laugh.

“A sense of humor, properly developed, is superior to any religion so far devised.”
― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume


No relationship is perfect, unless you make it so.

“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”
― Tom Robbins


And finally perhaps the most important lesson of all...

Don't mess with a beet.

bet(132684)Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Raphanus_sativus_macro.jpg“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious."

-Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume