I’ve Learned by Omer B. Washington

I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you.

All you can do is be someone who can be loved.

The rest is up to them.

I’ve learned that no matter how much I care,

some people just don’t care back.

And it’s not the end of the world.

I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust,

and only seconds to destroy it.

I’ve learned that it’s not what you have in your life,

but who you have in your life that counts.

I’ve learned that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes.

After that, you’d better know something.


I’ve learned that you shouldn’t compare yourself

to the best others can do,

but to the best you can do.

I’ve learned that it’s not what happens to people,

It’s what they do about it.

I’ve learned that no matter how thin you slice it,

there are always two sides.

I’ve learned that you should always leave ones with loving


It may be the  last time you see them.

I’ve learned that you can keep going

long after you think you can’t.


I’ve learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done

When it needs to be done

regardless of the consequences.

I’ve learned that there are people who loved you dearly,

but just don’t know how to show it.

I’ve learned that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be


but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I’ve learned that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you

want them to

doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.


I’ve learned that no matter how good a friend is,

they’re going to hurt you every once in a while

and you must forgive them for that.

I’ve learned that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others.

Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken,

the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have

influenced who we are,

but we are responsible for who we become.

I’ve learned that just because two people argue, it doesn’t meant that

they don’t love each other.

And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.


I’ve learned that sometimes you have to put the individual

ahead of their actions.

I’ve learned that two people can look at the exact same thing

and see something totally different.

I’ve learned that no matter the consequences,

those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.

I’ve learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours

by people who don’t even know you.

I’ve learned that even when you think you have no more to give,

when a friend cries out to you,

you will find the strength to help.


I’ve learned that writing,

as well as talking,

can ease emotional pains.

I’ve learned that the people you care most about in life

are taken from you too soon.

I’ve learned that it’s hard to determine where to draw the line

between being nice

and not hurting people’s feelings and standing up for what you believe.

I’ve learned to love

and be loved.

I’ve learned…



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