Work like you don’t need money,
Love like you’ve never been hurt,
And dance like no one’s watching.
This quote has been gracing the away messages and status updates of girls since the Internet was invented, but where does it come from? Well, after just having a dream where my ex-girlfriend kept saying it to me, I woke up and decided to dig around a bit.
I first found this long “poem” by someone named Crystal Boyd. It basically echoes John Lennon’s sentiment that “life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” The quote is tacked on to the end of it as a ‘Thought for the Day.’ According to some sites, the poem is lifted from a book Boyd wrote called Midnight Muse in 1998, but I cannot find any more information than that. Her site appears to be down as well.
My next discovery was the song, “Come from the Heart,” written by Susanna Clark and Richard Leigh and performed by Clark’s husband, Guy, a country singer/songwriter (listen to the song on his album, Old Friends). The song was later covered by Kathy Mattea, another country singer/songwriter. Here is the video.
But the story does not end there, my friends! No! We have merely scratched the surface! For as my next clue revealed, the hunt for the true author of the quote would be one of adventure, intrigue, danger and…it comes from a professor.
A professor at the University of Florida named William W. Purkey, to be specific. Some sites attribute the quote to him, including this one, that swears he is the source of the quote that has now become public domain. He is also the source of this gem: Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
So there you have it, as best as I can tell. The source of your girlfriend’s Facebook status is this dude right here.
No big deal.
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