You Make a Difference

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that
they were meant to be there...to 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 but when you lock eyes with
them, you know that very moment that they will affect your life in
some profound way. And sometimes things happen to you at the time
that may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you
realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never
realized your potential, strength, will power or heart.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by
means of good 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, life would be like a smoothly paved,
straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and
utterly pointless.

The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls
that you experience can create who you are, and 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
because 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 open your heart and eyes to
little things.

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. Create your own life
and then go out and live it.