Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they are meant to be there. They serve some sort of purpose like teaching you a lesson or helping you figure out what you want to become. These people can be your roommate, neighbor, professor, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger who, when you lock your eyes with his, you know that he will affect your life in some profound way. Sometimes things happen to you and they may seem horrible, painful, and unfair. But in reflection, you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you will never have realized your potential, strength, will power or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, great loss and sheer stupidity, occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests-events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. A safe and comfortable but dull life does not give you anything. Your experiences create who you are. You can learn a lot from them.
If someone hurts, betrays 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. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not because they love you, but because they teach you to love and open your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt before. 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 listen to them. Let yourself fall in love. Break free and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to do so. Tell yourself that you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t, no one else will believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it.
Psychosocial Program Manager
Health Services Program