A year ago I posted this on FB. It didn't even need a caption. The words spoke for themselves. And, if it's possible, I love it even more than I did when I read it a year ago. It speaks to me in a way that quotes and sayings often do.
I have learned that life is short. I've lost people close to me, watched people fight illness and all those other things that happen when you get older and realize life isn't fair. It's funny, one thing I remember saying to Renee' about a month or so into this life changing journey is that I couldn't remember the last time I had woken up happy and gone to bed happy. I find that to be more true with every day that passes. I really try to not have regrets anymore. I've learned they don't serve a constructive purpose. It isn't worth it to dwell on things that can't be changed. The past can't be altered. All I can do is change how I approach similar situations in the future and learn from mistakes I make.
Finding the right people to have in my life is another piece of life that has started falling into place for me. Over the last couple of years I have developed friendships with some wonderful people. These are relationships I don't think I would have ever been open to a couple of years ago. I now see that I bring a lot of positive things to people and the world around me. And I am so grateful for all of the amazing things all of these people bring to my life. I now know how it feels to have true friendships in my life. And, although it's been tough at times, I wouldn't change a second of the past because I firmly believe it has led me to where I am today. Everything really does happen for a reason.
Taking chances has always been difficult for me. Still is. But, as I grow more and more comfortable in my own skin, I am more willing to do things that are out of my comfort zone. I am (slowly) learning and figuring out that is the only way you find the life you are meant to have. It takes time. For some of us, it takes longer than it does for others. But, when you finally figure it all out and start taking chances, it will change your life. I can't even remember the life I was living two years ago. The only reason I let myself try, is so I can remind myself that I never want to go back there. Being happy is so much better than being sad and lonely all the time.
It's crazy how learning to love myself has allowed me to discover all of these things about myself and life in general. Life is worth it. To all those who have always stood by me, good times and bad, thank you. Life wouldn't be the same without all of you. :)