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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Life isn't about keeping score...

It's not about how many friends you have. Or how many people call you. Or how accepted or unaccepted you are. Not about if you have plans this weekend. Or if you're alone. It isn't about who you're dating, who you use to date, how many people you've dated, or if you haven't been with anyone at all. It isn't about who you have kissed. It's not about sex. It isn't about who your family is or how much money they have. Or what kind of car you drive. Or where you're sent to school.

It's not about how beautiful or ugly you are. Or what clothes you wear, what shoes you have on, or what kind of music you listen to. It's not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, brown, or green. Or if your skin is too light or too dark.

It's not about what grades you get, how smart you are, how smart everyone else thinks you are, or how smart standardized tests say you are. Or if this teacher likes you, or if this guy/girl likes you. Or what clubs you're in, or how good you are at "your" sport. It's not about representing your whole being on a piece of paper and seeing who will "accept the written you".

But life IS about who you love and who you hurt. It's about who you make happy or unhappy purposefully. It's about keeping or betraying trust. It's about friendship, used as sanctity, or as a weapon. It's about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening. About starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip. It's about what judgments you pass and why. And who your judgments are spread to.

It's about who you've ignored with full control and intention. It's about jealousy, fear, pain, ignorance, and revenge. It's about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow and spreading it.

But most of all, it's about using your life to touch or poison other people's hearts in such a way that could never have occurred alone.

Only YOU choose the way these hearts are affected and THOSE choices are what life is all about.

8 comments:

coloursofdawn said...

A very good and thoughtful set of ideas. It is true some look at the outer and physical things in life, but it is more about the heart and spirit side of us.

Sandy said...

Very thought-provoking. Thank you for giving me some food for thought.

Brenda said...

How true! I've always felt that the only truly unforgiveable sin is to intentionally hurt someone through our words or deeds.

Joy T. said...

It's not about sex??!! Well damn. Ok ok that was beautiful and so true. Except the sex part :o)

The Gal Herself said...

This is beautiful! I especially appreciate that you acknowledge "choice." We each make so many choices every day that have an impact on others. Thank you for sharing this.

Simply Jenn said...

Life is hard. And it's so hard to think of those unintentional hurts we put on someone.

Nina said...

All true. I will have to remember this when I do the thing where I am a judgmental bitch. (Happens way too often).

sirdar said...

Very wise words indeed.