"They said, "Be the person you needed as a kid" this honestly changed me into who I am today." - tbh, this is sort of what I am trying to do, who I am trying to be.but dont only be that - be the good influences you did have as a kid too
Imagine how much better off the world would be if we understood this: The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply. Active listening is the most important part of active communication.
What is the difference between "I like you" and "I love you"? Beautifully answered by Buddha. When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily. One who understands this, understands life.