I've learned

that you can do something in an instant
that willgive you heartache for life.

I've learned-
that it's taking mea long time
to become the person I want to be.

that you should always leave loved ones
with lovingwords. 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 controlyour attitude
or it controls you.

I've learned-
thatregardless 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 alousy way of keeping score.

I've learned-
that my best friendand I can do anything
or nothing and have the best time.

that sometimes the people you expect
to kick you whenyou're down
will be the ones to help you get back up.

that sometimes when I'm angry
I have the right to beangry,
but that doesn't give me
the right to becruel.

I've learned-
that true friendship continues togrow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for truelove.

I've learned-
that just because someone doesn't love
you the way you want them to doesn't
mean they don't love youwith all they have.

I've learned-
that maturity has more to dowith
what types of experiences you've had
and what you'velearned from them
and less to do with how many
birthdaysyou've celebrated.

I've learned-
that your family won't alwaysbe
there for you. It may seem funny,
but people you aren'trelated to
can take care of you and love you
and teach you totrust people again.
Families aren't biological.

that no matter how good a friend is,
they're going tohurt you every
once in a while and you must forgive
them forthat.

I've learned-
that it isn't always enough to be
forgiven by others. Sometimes you
have to learn to forgiveyourself.

I've learned-
that no matter how bad your heart isbroken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.

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

that just because two people argue,
it doesn't meanthey 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 tochange friends
if we understand that friends change.

that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a
secret.It could change your life

I've learned-
thattwo people can look at the exact
same thing and see somethingtotally

I've learned-
that your life can bechanged in a matter of
hours by people who don't even knowyou.

I've learned-
that even when you think you have nomore
to give, when a friend cries out to you,
you will findthe strength to help.

I've learned-
that credentials on the wall
do notmake you a decent human being.

I've learned-
that the peopleyou care about most in life
are taken from you too soon.

via eMail, 27 March 2000