I've Learned,
I Have!

By: Rose DesRochers


I've not had the best time of my life! But, I have learned to accept the bad with the good. You do not know what your life will bring tomorrow, so enjoy all that you've been given today.

In 1992, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, five weeks later I was attending her funeral. My daughter Katie was taken from this earth before her life ever really began. Since her death, I learned many hard lessons. The most important being that life can change in a matter of seconds.

Always, live each day as if it were your last." I know this is an overused clich , but it's true. You should try to live the most fulfilling life you can and never be afraid to take chances. What is life without chances?


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One thing that I have learned is that you should never miss a chance to tell people that you love them. They can be taken from you in a blink of an eye. Don't put off until tomorrow what you do today. Don't wait until you are standing at the foot of their grave to honor them. Pick up the phone today and call them, just to say, "I love you."

Know who your good friends are and work hard at maintaining those friendships. It's true what they say, "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer" Over the past year I've learned that when the going gets tough, some of your so called friends are the ones who get going. They turn their back and walk away. What happened to being there for someone in good times and bad?

I asked a panel of men, women, and children between the ages of 11 and 60 to finish the following sentence. " I've learned..."

Lets look at how they replied.

I've learned- that no matter how much you try to prepare yourself for the death of a loved one you are never truly prepared. Rose DesRochers - Age 36

I've learned that life is not always easy but you have to bear with it for your own sake. -Simon Erif - age 21

I've learned that I must follow my own heart. - Sally - age 47

I have learned that whatever road of your life gets broken you can carry on, whatever bridge is shattered the river still flows, whatever dream is destroyed you can make a new one and as long as your children are ok nothing else really matters. Bryan -age 46

I have learned in life is never give up on yourself in whatever you pursue. Monica E- age 43
I've learned that just because someone doesn't say the words, "I love you" doesn't mean that they don't. Susan C. - Age 50

I've learned that The Wizard of Oz has a bit of truth to it. When you're lost and trying to find your way back to a familiar place, life can be quite strange and difficult. However, you learn things and meet people along the way. Though your road is hard to travel you must never give up. It is important to have your brain, your heart, and your courage along with faith to make it through this life. T.S. Wilkins - age 20

I have learned that to win you must first lose, and that when you lose sometimes you win. George Platt- Age 55

I've learned that talking back to my teacher only gets you in trouble. J.DesRochers - age 12

I have learned that although honesty can sometimes be the hardest option in the moment it is by far and away the easiest for the moment after and for the rest of your life. Steve- age 46

I've learned how to believe in myself. M.DesRochers - age 15

I've learned that there is nothing in life more important than friends and family I have some great friends and they help make life better and of course I love my family they provide strength and love to me always. Steve Reichard- age 26

I've learned that everything is a miracle. All of us, every tree, every ant, every lake, cloud and star.... all are miracles. Jack Jones-age 19

I have learned that in the end it is just you that has to carry your own cross. Friend's, loved ones may be around make the going a little sweet however but you battle life by yourself and the true test of a human being is how successful he/she was in walking tall while carrying the cross. Alok Kumar Chaudhry - age 42

I've learned that the old saying: 'You cannot teach an old dog new tricks' is not true. - Vic age 56

Life has taught me that, sometimes, one must look deeper into people and see their true spirit, what drives them, and who they are, rather than just looking at the outside person. Many misjudgments have been made simply because one was too lazy, too blind, or did not care enough to find the truth or look into another's heart. Michelle Williams age 34

I have learned the importance of forgiveness because the past can affect your future if you let it. TBM age 22

I've learned to always be yourself and don't let anyone change you. RP age 14

I've learned-That the world is more than houses, shops and highways. It is more than quarrels between nations, more than fights on the streets. It is a place of magic and wonder, where everyday people make it a beautiful place just by being true to themselves. It is a place where with eyes wide open to the magic, you can see a leaf dancing down the street in the arms of the wind. Elizabeth Clark age 42

I've learned that no matter how much you want to do something wrong, don't do it, because it will come back and slap you in the ass. Dezzy JK-age 18

I've learned that if we take the seemingly harsh things that happen to us and turn them around we can most always learn from them and become better individuals. In simple terms "When you get lemons, make lemonade!" Jan - age 57

I've learned... That life smacks you in the face. And it will. So I in life I find that all things pass and with time... We heal. Be prepared. That life will happen. As it should. But it is the wearer of this fortune to carry their spirit well. Giving into it, all that life has to offer. Then give again. E_Writer - age 52

I've learned that no matter how much you worry, destiny is written. So why stress yourself out from things that one has no control over. Ana - age 51

I've learned that no matter how much we may care about someone, we cannot expect them to care about us. Tamara S. age 36

I've learned trust is something that has to be earned and not to let anyone take advantage of you! Shawn DesRochers age 34

I've learned that what doesn't kill me, really does make me stronger. Mia Wright - age 46

I've learned on top of the world, there is a summit only some of us can attain. A climb so high it's as if it's endless, a fight for the impossible. When you climb this mountain you don't know if you will be able to make it to the top, but you keep going, you keep pushing yourself. You fight until you cant fight anymore. Until your body gives way. If you fail, you know you gave it your all. But if you do make it to the top, you get that feeling that you are on top of the world, as if not one single soul can beat you. You have worked for that SINGLE MOMENT, where you are unbeatable, unbreakable. You live for that single moment to be on top of the world. Brenda Herzog - age 50

Life isn't always easy; troubles can always come our way. I often wish that I could go back and live my life over. I wonder if I make the same mistakes, now that I ve learned things the hard way. It seems the older that we get the wiser that we become. It doesn't matter how old you are, there's always something new to learn every day.

"Hope for the Best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed." Mel Brooks.

Remember, that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I ve made some poor choices in life and I ve learned many valuable lessons. I wouldn't be who I am today if it weren't for all that I learned. What have you learned?

I've learned that everyday I'm still learning. Rose DesRochers age 36

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About the Author:  Rose DesRochers is a published poet and freelance writer. Rose has been writing poetry for more than 20 years. She is also the founder of http://www.todays-woman.net, a supportive online writing community for men and women over 18. She is also the Assistant Administrator of http://www.invision-graphics.com. Rose DesRochers's blog : http://rosedesrochers.blogspot.com 

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