Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Just Be Yourself! o.O
No matter how much you want to disagree, there are people that want you here. Your friends, your family, acquaintances that you seem to make smile despite the fact that they hardly know you. Not everyone’s going to love you. There may be people that actually hate you. It’s unfathomable to me, I’ve never had it in me to really hate someone. People are going to say things about you. Bad things. They will criticize you, they will want to make you miserable. Chances are they might not even really know you, they just want to see you crumble. Don’t let them win. It’s easier to let hate effect you than love. If the person before me called you ugly and I called you beautiful, you’d feel the sting of ugly much longer than you’d feel the kindness of my compliment. For some people, it’s worse than others. Some people take it very personally. Ugly words kill beautiful people all the time. Don’t let it get you. I’m sure you’ve laughed until your cheeks hurt, I’m sure you’ve kissed someone for the first time, I’m positive you’ve had heartfelt conversations with friends, you may have been with someone for so long that you can still smell them on you long after they leave. Cicadas hissing in the summer, hugs goodbye, crawling under blankets when you have a fever, singing and dancing along to a favorite band. They’re all memories, memories you’ll never get to make again if you throw in the towel and let them win. All that’s going to be left are old photographs of a time that once was. Inanimate photos that people will be left with. Don’t do that to them and don’t do that to me. You don’t need anything big in the future to keep living for, you have all the small things to keep you going. You never really know how many people would miss you either, not until you’ve seen the funeral of a young suicide. Aunts, uncles, your mom, dad, brother, sister, cousins, all of your friends, your pets will never see you again, even people that don’t actually know you that just see you every now-and-again.. they’re going to wonder why they haven’t seen you in a while. People care about you. Don’t say they don’t, because I know at least one person does. I do. I care about you. Please don’t let me down. Every time I read or hear about another casualty to depression or bullying, it hurts me. So here I am telling you right now, you’re beautiful. People may not agree with you, people may put you down, and people may hurt you, but those people clearly aren’t worth your time or tears. You are loved. You are the best you that you can be and in time you could work to make yourself a better you. Chin up, razors down. You’ve come this far, I know you have the strength to keep going.
It's hard to lose someone.
Especially someone you love.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.

You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And if you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

No! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!