Your life is bigger than you imagine and smaller than you think. Make your mark. Search yourself, but don't get caught up in yourself. Find focus, but don't let it consume you. It's not important to be liked by everyone, but in my opinion being respected is much greater. Respect outlives us through the impact we make on others while popularity has a shelf life. Protect your soul but give your heart. Continually expand your mind, opening yourself to new thoughts and views. Remember where you came from, but don't let it stop you from going where you're meant to be. Somewhere within us lies the ability to see the person we were created to be. Don't be afraid to look for her but don't let it take so long you don't get to share that gift with everyone around you. Search for meaning. Question the things that don't add up. Protect the little guy and cheer for the underdog - you never know which position you'll be in next time. Look for the silver lining, but don't waste the lessons that come from the storms. Your greatest strengths aren't always what you've always thought. Look for the less visible ways you touch the world and don't shy away from sharing those things when needed. Take the long way home. Hold his hand. Really stop to smell the roses, or daisies, or lilacs, or just to watch the sunset or to stare at the rainbow. Shared or alone those moments will mean more than you might think if you let them. Never stop hoping - for whatever. Extend more grace than necessary. Be gentle and smile even when you don't feel like it - you will always be glad you did. Find something good in every day and give thanks for it. Be there when you are needed - even if you aren't actually asked. Your presence will speak louder than any words. Say what needs to be said - even if it's hard. Speak honestly but do so with empathy and understanding. Really listen. Let her know you heard her. Remind those you love that they matter. Figure out how to make peace with your past. Don't let it be the anchor that keeps you from enjoying the present. You never know what you might be missing out on by being stuck someplace you no longer belong. Chances are good you have outgrown whatever, or whoever, was there anyway. Realize that no one else can be responsible for your happiness. You can chase it forever and still end up miserable if you never figure out the simple fact that you make your own happiness so don't blame others when you find yourself coming up short. Change whatever needs to be changed. Don't wait for someone else to do it for you, and don't let the changes others need to make in search of their own happiness destroy yours. Live for the moment, but don't let any one moment define you or determine your worth. Greatness lies within each of us. Appreciate your talents, and appreciate compliments. Show genuine gratitude and give more than you take. Pay it forward and see how good it makes you feel. Live.