I’ve learned quite a bit this year. I’ve had to trust God because all of my plans failed and I was left wondering what the future held. I learned that sometimes you don’t end up with the one person you thought was perfect for you. And once you distance yourself from the situation, you realize it wasn’t that perfect, but even knowing that, you still wish that sometimes you could go back to before you knew it wasn’t perfect. I’ve learned that people who you think you can count on, will let you down. But people who you never expected to care, will come to help you in your dark hours. I’ve learned that to fully appreciate someone, you have to be willing to fully give yourself; this means risking greater pain, but you’ll experience deeper joy. I’ve learned that letting someone go does not mean you lose them. You take the memories and lessons learned with you wherever you go. I’ve learned that sometimes you need to be friends with someone because they need to be loved and God placed you in their life exactly for that purpose. It may be incredibly hard, and you may have to swallow some pride, but loving the unlovable is one of your greatest callings. I’ve learned that no matter how dark it is or how lost you are, someone still cares, and they are looking for you, trying to help you find your way home. And no matter how long you’ve been gone, your true friends will always welcome you back. I’ve learned that God is everywhere, even in your troubles. His love is found in the most unexpected places and shown through the most unexpected people. And just when you think you can’t go any farther, you will find Him. Feel His love; know His presence, and gain His strength. I’ve learned that sometime lessons keep repeating themselves because we keep missing the real point. I’ve learned once you leave home, it will never be the same- everything changes, including you- but while it won’t be the same, it will always be full of love. I’ve learned that even though we want things to be the same, friendships to never end, they will. People fade away, grow apart, but this just means we must learn to embrace the new, while cherishing the old. I’ve learned that sometimes the only arms that can take your pain away are the ones causing it. Hugs can be bittersweet. I’ve learned to cherish hugs from people I care about because they may not always be around. If you love someone, tell them because life goes on and you may realize you lost your chance. Don’t let the little things bug you, but do let them excite you. It makes life way more enjoyable. Most of all, I’ve learned somebody always loves me and God is always watching over me, even if I can’t see the whole picture.
“Always be yourself. You can’t change because of the circumstances around you.” -Cotton Fitzsimmons