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What I Have Learned (sometimes the hard way)

I've learned- that you cannot make someone love you.  All you can do is be someone who can be loved.  The rest is up to them. 

I've learned-  that no matter how much I care,  some people just don't care back. 

I've learned-  that it takes years to build up trust,  and only seconds to destroy it. 

I've learned-  that it's not what you have in your life  but who you have in your life that counts. 

I've learned-  that you can get by on charm for about  fifteen minutes.   After that, you'd better know something. 

I've learned-  that you shouldn't compare  yourself to the best others can do. 

I've learned-  that you can do something in an instant  that will give you heartache for life. 

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

I've learned-  that you should always leave loved ones  with loving words. 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 control your attitude  or it controls you.  

I've learned-  that regardless 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 a lousy way of keeping score. 

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

I've learned-  that sometimes the people you expect  to kick you when you're down  will be the ones to help you get back up. 

I've learned-  that sometimes when I'm angry  I have the right to be angry,   but that doesn't give me  the right to be cruel. 

I've learned-  that true friendship continues to grow,  even over the longest distance.  Same goes for true love. 

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

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

I've learned-  that you should never tell a child  their dreams are unlikely or outlandish.  Few things are more humiliating, and what  a tragedy it would be if they believed it. 

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

I've learned-  that no matter how good a friend is,  they're going to hurt you every once in a while  and you must forgive them for that. 

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

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

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

I've learned-  that just because two people argue,  it doesn't mean they 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 to change friends  if we understand that friends change. 

I've learned-  that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a  secret.  It could change your life forever. 

I've learned-  that two people can look at the exact same thing  and see something totally different. 

I've learned-  that no matter how you try to protect your  children, they will eventually get hurt and  you will hurt in the process. 

I've learned-  that your life can be changed in a matter of  hours by people who don't even know you. 

I've learned-  that even when you think you have no more  to give, when a friend cries out to you,  you will find the strength to help. 

I've learned-  that credentials on the wall  do not make you a decent human being. 

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

I've learned-  that it's hard to determine where to draw  the line between being nice and not hurting  people's feelings and standing up  for what you believe.