Recently I have learned an important lesson. In life, people come and go. -- It was a difficult lesson to learn and it brought with it many sorrows, but that's alright, because it also brought me peace of mind.
All my life I have had people enter and leave and sometimes you don't look twice but then other times it can be quite painful. Last night I had the opportunity to experience more of this and all I can say now is. If somebody wants to walk out of your life, let them go.
Some may eventually realise what they had and lost, but by that point it will be too late. Because while you may be crying, hurt or feeling betrayed and angry right now. In the years to come, you won't even remember why or who they were to make you feel that way in the first place.
The truth is, some people come into your life for a lifetime, while others come only for a season.
To put things into perspective, look at a tree for example.
Look at the leaves, the wind blows and they move, they're unstable. When the season changes, the leaves will wither and die and just like that, they're gone.
Most the people that enter your life are like leaves. They're not there for anything else other than to take. Don't get mad though, that is just who they are.
Next, you have the branches. Some people are like a branch on your tree. You must be careful of these, they can be quite decieving. They may look sturdy, but if the circumstances change, the branch will break off, leaving you to stand alone. The branch however is not what gives you strength and sustenance. Your tree will still be standing, it will still be alive and continue to grow, just now, with less to weigh itself down.
Finally, the roots.
At first you won't see the roots because they are hidden by the soil. However, sometimes roots can reveal themselves to you. It might be now or later in the future, but eventually they will show and when they do, hold onto them. Roots are so important to the growth of a tree. Providing your tree with stability and fuel even through the challenging times.
It won't be easy and no one said it would be, but the minute you begin to love yourself, it will become easier.
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