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 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. 
  I've learned-
             that you can do something in an instant 
             that will give you heartache for life. 
   I've learned-
             that it's taking me a long time 
             to become the person I want to be. 
   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 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 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 to grow, 
             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
             their dreams are unlikely or outlandish.
             Few things are more humiliating, and what 
             a tragedy it would be 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 are 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 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 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 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 the strength to help.
 I've learned-
             that credentials on the wall
             do not make you a decent human being. 
  I've learned-
             that the people you care about most in life 
             are taken from you too soon.
  I've learned-
             that it's hard to determine where to draw 
             the line between being nice and not hurting people's
             feelingsand standing up for what you believe. 

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