What I've Learned
That you cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
The rest is up to them.
That no matter how much I care,
some people just don't care back.
That just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to
doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
That it takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.
That you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.
That you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret.
It could change your life forever.
That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
That you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
That the people you care about most in life
are taken from you too soon.
That no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you every once in a while
and you must forgive them for that.
That it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes you are to learn to forgive yourself.
That two people can look at the exact same thing
and see something totally different.
That we don't have to change friends
if we understand that friends change.
That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down
will be the ones to help you get back up.
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
That true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.
That regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first,
the passion fades
and there had better be something else to take its place.
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had
and what you've learned from them
and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
That your family won't always be there for you.
It may seem funny,
but people you aren't related to
can take care of you and love you
and teach you to trust people again.
Families aren't biological.
That no matter how bad your heart is broken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.
That just because two people argue,
it doesn't mean they don't love each other
and just because they don't argue,
it doesn't mean they do.
That your life can be changed in a matter of hours
by people who don't even know you.
That even when you think you have no more to give,
when a friend cries out to you,
you will find the strength to help.
And I would like to add one more:
That to know and love Yahweh
is the most precious gift we could ever receive.
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