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I’ve learned

I’ve learned – that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I’ve learned – that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

I’ve learned – that it’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.

I’ve learned – that you should never ruin an apology with an excuse.

I’ve learned – that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I’ve learned – that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I’ve learned – that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I’ve learned – that it’s either you control your attitude or it controls you.

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I’ve learned – that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I’ve learned – that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I’ve learned – that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I’ve learned – that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I’ve learned – that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

I’ve learned – that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I’ve learned – that your family won’t always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren’t related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren’t always biological.

I’ve learned – that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you are to learn to forgive yourself.

I’ve learned – that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I’ve learned – that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.

I’ve learned – that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I’ve learned – that people will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

By Omer B. Washington