Sometimes, people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there–to serve some sort of purpose, to teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (neighbor, coworker, long-lost friend, college roommate, intimate friend, or even a complete strange) but, when you lock eyes with that person, you know at that very moment that he/she will affect your life in some profound way.
Sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first but, in reflection, you find that without overcoming those obstacles, you would have never realized your full potential, strength, willpower, or heart. Illness, injury, love, lost moment of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to push you to the limits of your soul. Without these small challenges, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you become. Even the bad experiences can teach valuable lessons. In fact they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive him/her, for he/she has helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your hearts. If someone loves you love him/her back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but also because, in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to many different and new experiences.
Make every day count!!! Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can. You may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people who 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 do not believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life–then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.
Let 2019 be the year you begin like a lion and end as an even better lion! Live life to its fullest and its best. Be a unicorn in a parade of elephants. Make this new year count in the best ways possible.