*the people who are no longer a part of my life, the ones who have come and gone. each one gave me lessons and opportunities to better myself. each one gave me the option, through pleasant or unpleasant means, to build my strength and slowly grasp the concept of compassion. i am where i am today, inside and out, because of the spark, the glory or the pain gifted to me by those who came and went in a moment, a year, a decade or more.
*the people who have supported me mentally and emotionally during the times i have not been able to offer support to myself. the ones who have offered up great kindnesses and perhaps, unknowingly, convinced my soul to stay.
*the people who have shown me, through tenderness, laughter and faith, it is safe to love.