Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there…to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or help you figure out who you are or what you want to become. You never know who these people may be, but when you look at them, really look at them, you just know that every minute you spend with them is going to change your life in some profound way.
When someone comes into your life for a reason, it’s usually to meet a need you have expressed in some way. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you either physically or emotionally. They may seem like a Godsend, and they probably are. They are there for the sole reason you need them to be.
Nothing happens by chance or by any means of luck. Illness, injury, love, loss, greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your character. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and completely pointless.
The success and downfalls you experience can create who you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they’re probably the most important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart…forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious about who you open your heart to and who you don’t. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally. Not only because they love you, but also because they are teaching you to love and open your eyes to the little things that matter most.
You may meet someone that lights your fire, makes you feel again, shows you how to be a better person – one that gives you more hope than you know what to do with. Regardless of what happens in that relationship, take in those moments, enjoy each other and love unconditionally. No matter what happens – you are making a memory with someone that makes you smile on the inside, someone that gives you life and someone that understands exactly who you are. That, above all, should make you happy. And no one can take that experience away from you.
Make everyday count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, because you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people who you’ve never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, even if your scared, even if it’s complicated. Just follow your heart.
And please, please be sure you surround yourself with people that teach you lessons, help you figure out who you are, challenge you, motivate you, help you through difficultly, support you in every way and provide to you physically and emotionally. Most importantly, people that will change your life for the better.
Don’t be one to lead a comfortable life. Notice the difference between someone dropping in for a season… or a lifetime. You’ll learn from both, but hold tightly to the people that are there for a lifetime. You’ll know. Just listen to your heart and surround yourself with people that make you smile on the inside. It’s worth it.