As I Walk Through Life


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 no matter how much I care,

some people just don't care back.

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 can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes.

After that, you'd better know something.

I've learned

that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do.

but to the best you can do.

I've learned

that it's not what happens to people

that's important. It's what they do about it.

I've learned

that you can do something in an instant

that will give you heart ache for life.

I've learned

that no matter how thin you slice it,

there are always two sides.

I've Learned

that it's taking me a long time to

become the person I want to be.

I've learned

that it's a lot easier to react than

it is to think.

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 you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I've learned

that we are responsible for what we do,

no matter how we feel.

I've learned

that either you control your attitude

or it controls you.

I've learned

that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first,

the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

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 learning to forgive takes practice.

I've learned

that there are people who love you dearly,

but just don't know how to show it.

I've learned

that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned

that my best friend and I can do anything

or nothing and have the best time.

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 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 you should never tell a child that their dreams are unlikely or outlandish.

Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would if they believed it.

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 biological.

I've learned

that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once

in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I've learned

that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.

Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I've learned

that no matter how bad your heart is broken,

the world doesn't stop for your grief.

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 sometimes when my friends fight,

I'm forced to choose sides even when I don't want to.

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 sometimes you have to put

the individual ahead of their actions.

I've learned

that we don't have to change friends

if we understand that friends change.

I've learned

that you shouldn't be so eager to find

out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I've learned

that two people can look at the exact same thing

and see something totally different.

I've learned

that no matter how you try to protect your children,

they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.

I've learned

that there are many ways of falling and staying in love.

I've learned

that no matter the consequences,

those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.

I've learned

that no matter how many friends you have,

if you are their pillar you will feel lonely and lost

at the times you need them most.

I've learned

that your life can be changed in a matter of hours

by people who don't even know you.

I've learned

that even when you think you have no more to give,

when a friend cries out to you,

you will find strength to help.

I've learned

that writing, as well as talking,

can ease emotional pains.

I've learned

that the paradigm we live in

is not all that is offered to us.

I've learned

that credentials on the wall

do not make you a decent human being.

I've learned

that the people you care most about in life

are taken from you too soon.

I've learned

that although the word "love" can have many different meanings,

it loses value when overly used.

I've learned

that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being

nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe.


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David Richardson's picture

This poem is so beautifully written with so much intense love and feelings. The beliefs you put forth in this masterpiece is really to the point. I really love this poem. To me real beauty in life is:

not what you get but what you give so freely and generously with a sensuous heart.

is not external-but internal-for external beauty fades in time while internal beauty last a lifetime.

It should never be measured by how many breaths you take but rather by the moments that you take breaths away.

I truly enjoyed this masterpiece Connie-thank you for sharing your immense talents,your time and true beauty with me.Please take care and have a very beautiful Sunday and an awesome week.

Dave Richardson