The most unfortunate part of living is the realization that quite often the people you think are the realest aren’t real at all… What’s even more frustrating is you never can tell what type of person you’re dealing with until it’s too late to save yourself from the pain of being forced to recognize that the only difference between authentic and counterfeit is origin. Sad fact is, though, that it’s impossible to know the origins of people – the paths they’ve walked, the ways their lives have been touched, the things they’ve experienced and the changes they’ve gone through … and that’s got everything to do with who they are at the core.
Being disappointed by people is unavoidable. Being fooled by people is unacceptable. Some people are all appearance and no substance. When you see through the smoke, there will be times when you gotta leave people to their own flames unless you’re willing to get burned. A lot of people will tell you they want your presence when what they really want is your life. It’s important to discern between the two.