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Even if you think it’s too late, it’s not.

Spend time with the right people.

These people come few and far between, but once they are in your life, they will stay there forever. These are the people you enjoy, who love and understand you. They are the ones who make you feel more alive and not only embrace who you are now, but who you want to become.

Face problems head on.

The most important thing that my mother has ever taught me (besides if you think it’s too much eyeliner, it is) is that it isn’t your problems that define you—it’s how you react to them.

I used to be the one to bury my head in the sand if a problem arose, but quickly learned that problems do not go away until you find a way to take care of them.

Be honest with yourself—about everything.

Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. My dear friend once told me that once you become complacent, you no longer strive to be better. If you are truly unhappy, or even just complacent, change.

Make your own happiness a priority.

This can be the hardest goal to carryout because there is a common misconception that you can’t please everyone. Remember, it is possible to take care of your own needs while simultaneously caring for those around you. And once your needs are met, you will likely be far more capable of helping those who need you most.

Be yourself—genuinely and proudly.

It takes a lifetime to fully get to know yourself, so start as soon as possible. Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person that you are.

Embrace your own ideas, strengths and beauty.

Live in the present.

Right now is a miracle. Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life.

Stop thinking about how things could have been because you are here, right now, for a reason.

Value the lessons that mistakes teach you.

If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not trying hard enough. Take risks, stumble, fall, but most importantly, get up, take responsibility and try again.

Give your ideas and dreams a chance.

Either you succeed or you learn something. You will never know if you never try.

Cheer the victories of others.

Be happy for others making progress. Be thankful for their blessings and let them know. What goes around comes around and pretty soon, they will be cheering you on.

Notice silver linings.

Look for the small glimmers of hope in a rough situation and remind yourself of all the things in your life that are right. Focus on what you have, not what you don’t.

Notice the beauty of small moments.

Instead of focusing on the big things, like marriage, kids or a big promotion, find happiness in the small things that happen every single day – the quiet cup of coffee in the morning, the book you can’t put down, holding hands.

Forgive others—and most importantly—yourself.

Experiencing pain because of your actions or the actions of others is normal – it means you’re human; however, if you hold on to this pain, you will never be able to move on and grow. Forgiveness is key. It doesn’t mean you’re erasing the past or forgetting what happened, it means you’re letting go of the resentment and pain and instead choosing to learn and move on.

Actively nourish your important relationships.

Bring real, honest joy into your life and the lives of those you love by simply telling them how much they mean to you on a regular basis. Decide who these people are and treat them like royalty. Do not take them for granted.

Notice how wealthy you are—right now.

As Henry David Thoreau said, “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” Even when times are tough, it’s always important to keep things in perspective. I woke up this morning with a roof over my head. I have a choice in what religion I want to practice, what job I want to do and who I want to love. I have clean drinking water and medical care. I can read and I have an education. Some would say I am incredibly wealthy.

Help others around you.

No matter how busy you are, find time to help others in need. It could be as simple as giving a bottle of water to a homeless person on the side of the road or traveling to a foreign country to lend a helping hand. Do what you can.

After some soul searching and introspection, I’ve decided to make these goals my priority in life, and I hope you do too.

~Christina Chastain

i didn’t ask

to fall in love

but I did

i wasn’t looking

and there

you were

we laughed with ease

i listened,

engaged

entranced

i held your words

in my cells

my heart breathed

time passed

control is stealthy

tumultuous demands

shadowy storms revealed

the pictures hung

tilted

spilling

pain

we changed

we gave

but rarely enough

to satiate an emptiness

silent, manipulating and cold

I snipped the chords

stale air escaped

and strings floated

tinted colors have returned

solitude sips tranquility

i didn’t expect

to find love, again

but there it was

in my reflection

breathing love

into life

again

~ poem by Carolyn Riker

Elissa - Te3ebt Mennak

Tired of You

I’m tired of you

Only because you’re all I have and I can’t live without you
And because I love you
I have nowhere to go when I’m upset but to you
And because I have no lover other than you

If you thought of leaving
I’d miss you before you took one step away from me
Yet, you ridicule me
But I wipe my tears and I make myself forget how you belittle me
And I tell myself there’s no shame in love

With the little I get, I’m still content
And I keep waiting for you to say something sweet
Something that calms me
And makes me forget my less than average life with you
And how I tolerate you only because of how much I love you

When will you understand
That I have no choice in loving you?
And if I keep quiet
It’s only because I’m afraid that one day you’ll deprive me from living by you
And I can’t live anywhere except in your arms

Why are you so occupied
With proving how little I matter?
And how your opinion is what goes
And that by your side I have no word
As if I lived with you only as a picture

I spent my life
Pleasing you and not regarding my dignity
All I cared about
Was for you to make a mistake and I hear you call me “love”
And in doing so, I’ve lost everyone around me

With the little I get, I’m still content
And I keep waiting for you to say something sweet
Something that calms me
And makes me forget my less than average life with you
And how I tolerate you only because of how much I love you

When will you understand
That I have no choice in loving you?
And if I keep quiet
It’s only because I’m afraid that one day you’ll deprive me from living by you
And I can’t live anywhere except in your arms

With the little I get, I’m still content”

(Source: hqlines)

" And what about all the good I have in my heart - does it mean anything? "

- Saul Bellow, Herzog (via heresay)

(Source: quota-tions, via quoted-books)

" I have looked at you
in millions of ways and
I have loved you in each "

hqlines:

~ C.S. Lewis

thelovenotebook:

Everything love

" Should I smile because we are friends? Or cry because we’ll never be anything more? "

- (via icanrelateto)

thethespacecoyote:

You’re gonna mess up and sometimes you aren’t gonna be perfect

People are gonna get hurt and you can’t do anything to change that, and yes, sometimes it’s going to be your fault, things happen even when you have no malicious intent

Sometimes you’re going to be clouded by emotions and irrational…