“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou
When I first heard these words, I was in my late teens. I just didn’t follow them. Hence, I brought myself a whole lot of painful lessons and needless suffering because I always wanted to give people chances after chances.
My mother had always told me that there were three kinds of people in this world. The first being, people who only want to see the GOOD in everyone and turn a blind eye to the bad. The second being the people who only see the bad in others and never see the good, they are always doubting, always suspicious. And the third being people who see others with open eyes and open ears and see the person for who they are in reality.
I was the girl who always saw the “good” in people and turned a blind eye to the bad. People often considered me to be one of the most forgiving people they knew. I suffered many disappointments and even more heartbreaks because of this, both in friendships and romantic relationships. I expected people to change just because I thought they should be or feel a certain way. But at that point in my journey, I hadn’t yet learned that everyone is on their own path, and sometimes their soul just isn’t in alignment with yours.
Instead choose to be the latter. See things for what they are and see people for who they are.
Here’s a Youtube clip with Oprah and Maya Angelou, that inspired me to write this post.
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