After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open and with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for your plans.
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.
And you will learn that you really can endure, that you really are special and that you do have worth.
So live to learn and know yourself.
In doing so, you will learn to live.
I have just found these words written in my own hand in a notebook. I haven't said who wrote them but they obviously had a deep meaning for me at the time I copied them.
I have put them here as they may have a meaning for someone else.
With love and blessings