I truly believe that some people really do come in and out of your life for a reason. Over time, you begin to understand and appreciate the sheer meaningfulness in the times you cross paths–in the lessons they’ve taught you, heartaches and moments of happiness and laughter they’ve experienced with you, and more. Instead of dwelling on thoughts filled with hurt and uncertainty, the “easier-said-than-done” truth is that you’ve just got to strive to instead build upon these moments that have made you and those people stronger beings. Though the road has not been easy and never will be (because where’s the enjoyment in a life unlived?), we will most certainly be okay. I find it most helpful to think of things that I’ve been through that I thought I’d never sanely make it out of but I did and I am here today. Forrest Gump was right–life really is like a box of chocolates and you will never know what’s going to happen today, tomorrow, a year from now, or ten years from now. You just have to roll with the punches, stay true to yourself, and learn to love, respect, and appreciate everyone that has done the same for you at some point in your life.