After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and changing a soul. You begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises.
And you start to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open.
You learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain.
After a while, you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
You learn that you really can endure, that you really are strong, and you really do have worth.
You learn that with every goodbye, there’s a hello.
Take chances. Tell the truth. Date someone totally wrong for you. Say no. Spend all your cash. Fall in love. Be random. Say I love you. Cry. Apologize.
Tell someone how much they mean to you. Sing out loud. Tell a jerk how you feel. Let someone know what they’re missing. Laugh until your stomach hurts.