was never real to begin with." -Unknown
I read that quote once in high school, and for whatever reason, it stuck with me through the years.
Perhaps because I always wondered if it was true. Perhaps because it made me never want to find out if it was.
As a good friend once told me, relationships with people are truly the most important things in life. I believe that with all my heart. As long as you care about others and have people that care about you, you can go on.
People bring you down only to teach you lessons; and you get right back up again. You learn how to avoid such a hard fall next time.
People judge you only to let you know how it feels - so you think twice before doing it to another.
People lie to you only to make you figure out the truth the hard way. Not everything can be easy, after all.
People steal from you only because they need it more; whatever it may be.
People don't forgive you, only to make you try harder to apologize. Actions speak louder than words.
People disappoint you only to make you yearn to make others proud.
People forget you, perhaps, because...you let them.
I want to make an impact on PEOPLE. A positive impact, on every person I meet. I don't want to be that friendship that can cease. I want to be that person who lifts his burden so he can rest a while; or who carries her across the street because it's obvious she's hurt. I want to make that crusty-faced, impatient waitress laugh; and temporarily forget about the awful day that caused her awful mood. I want to get to know the bus drivers I see every morning and afternoon for only 30 seconds at a time. I want to forgive easily because I know from first-hand experience that people are bound to make mistakes.
I'm always going to have to strive to be this person. I will forget, or move too fast, or fail, but I will always try again.
I want to be open-minded.
After all...you miss so much when you only stare straight ahead.