Poems by

Story of Life

a poem by Annamalai

Sometimes people come into your life
and you know right away
that they were meant to be there,
to serve some sort of purpose,
teach you a lesson,
or to help you figure out who you are
or who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be
possibly your roommate,
long-lost friend,
or even a complete stranger,
but when you lock eyes with them,
you know at that very moment they will affect your life
in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you
that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first,
but in reflection you find that
without overcoming those obstacles
you would have never realized
your potential, strength, will power, or heart.

Everything happens for a reason.
Nothing happens by chance
or by means of good luck.
Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness,
and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.
Without these small tests,
whatever they may be,
life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere.
It would be safe and comfortable,
but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet
who affect our life,
and the successes
and downfalls you experience,
help to create
who you are
and who you become.

Even the bad experiences can be learned from.
In fact, they are probably the most poignant
and important ones.
If someone hurts you,
betrays you,
or breaks your heart,
forgive them,
for they have helped you learn
about trust
and the importance of being cautious
when you open your heart.

If someone loves you,
love them back unconditionally,
not only because
they love you,
but because in a way,
they are teaching you to love
and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

Make every day count.
Appreciate every moment
and take from those moments
everything that you possibly can
for you may never be able to experience it again.

Talk to people
that you have never talked to before,
and actually listen.

Let yourself fall in love,
break free,
and set your sights high.

Hold your head up
because you have every right to.
Tell yourself
you are a great individual
and believe in yourself,
for if you don’t believe in yourself,
it will be hard for others to believe in you.

You can make of your life anything you wish.
Create your own life
and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.

Most importantly if you love someone
tell him or her,
for you never know
what tomorrow may have in store.

And learn a lesson in life each day
that you live.