Sometimes people come into
your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there; they
serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you
are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be;
your roommate, neighbor, professor, long-lost friend, lover or even a
complete stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know that very
moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.
Sometimes things happen to
you and at the time they may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in
reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would
have never realized your potential, strength, willpower or heart. Everything happens for a reason.
Nothing happens by chance or by means of
good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness
and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without
these small tests - whether they are events, illnesses or relationships -
life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere.
and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet who
affect your life, and the successes and downfalls you experience, create
who you are; even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they
are probably the most poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you,
betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you
learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open
your heart to.
If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally; not
only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love, and
they are opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen
or felt without them.
Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and
take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may
never be able to experience it again. Talk to people
you have never talked to before, and actually listen.
Let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights
high. Hold your head up because you have every right to.
Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in
yourself; for if you don't believe in yourself, no one
else will believe in you, either. You can make of
your life anything you wish. Create your own life
and then go out and live it.