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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 and
who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be:
your neighbor, child, long lost
friend, lover, or even a complete stranger
who, when you lock eyes with them,
you know at that very moment that
they will affect your life in some
profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you
and at the time they seem 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 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 be events, illnesses or relationships,
life would be like a smoothly paved straight
flat road to nowhere, safe 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, and even
the bad experiences can be learnt
from. In fact, they are probably the
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.

If someone loves you,
love them back unconditionally,
not only because they love you,
but because they are teaching
you to love and 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 in it!
Live each day as if it were
your last.

Author Ruth Bourdon