to maintain a cheerful countenance when the world is gray
to let go and let the winds of summer enter your heart
to love yourself even amidst the words the world throws at you
to find beauty in people, even those who are unkind to you
to see the good in every situation
and to find happiness in simple things,
to drop all expectations
and live with an unquenchable curosity.
to live with your heart, to respond to every call that excites your spirit,
to believe in foolish things, to listen to instincts and childish urges,
to wait for love rather than settling for a relationship that’s shallow,
to wait for the guy who asks about your day and makes you feel better
than the guy who asks for your number and makes you feel worse about yourself.
to believe even when there is nothing to go on,
to try even when the end is not in sight,
to be kind to yourself,
to love children.
to be enthralled by the secrets of the universe,
to find joy in service for others,
to leave behind hearts full of love and remembrance,
to know you made a difference.
to love, to love, to love
and expect nothing in return.
to love and have the courage to love.