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So, I woke up to a rather sobering message this morning. Someone shared a story about a teenage girl suffering from cancer, who had eventually succumbed to her disease. While cleaning up her room, her parents found the back of a full-length mirror covered in scribbles. Here, I share an excerpt of what she had scribbled,
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Happiness is a direction not a destination.
Thank you for existing.
Be happy, be free, believe, forever young.
You know my name, not my story.
You have heard what I’ve done, but not what I’ve been through.
Love is like glass, looks so lovely, but it’s easy to shatter.
Love is rare, life is strange, nothing lasts and people change.
Every day is special, so make the most of it.
You could get a life-ending illness tomorrow so make the most of every day.
Life is only bad if you make it bad.
If someone loves you then they wouldn’t let you slip away no matter how hard the situation is.
Remember that life is full of ups and downs, without the downs the ups don’t mean anything.
I’m waiting to fall in love with someone I can open my heart to.
Love is not about who you can see spending your future with it’s about who you can’t see spending your life without.
Life is a game for everyone but love is the only prize.”
As cliché as it may be to most people, these sayings, when placed together somehow hit me hard, and spoke to me on various levels. Naturally, they would mean different things to eveyone and some may not even think much of them. However, I took away from it some lessons with the most important being one lesson of love – a life worth living is only worth living if we had love in our lives. And for that, I am thankful for all the love in my life: friends and family, passions for a job and a web of interests. Indeed,
What are you thankful for?