Oftentimes, the people in our lives make it what it is. Hopefully, we all have people that make us laugh and smile on our bad days, and comfort us at 2 am and we are frightened, whether they be friends, family, or teachers. Just as important is who we don't spend out time with.
There is a quote, "you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with - choose carefully" that we must keep in mind through our journey. Recently, I came upon some people who tore at me harshly - people I had never done anything to, people I had only had positive interactions with. They waited until I no longer was in the position to interact or do anything for them, and then they tore at my reputation. And somebody turned around and told me that when somebody knows you are superior, they have to try to tear you down to their level. Adults, or children, bullies are everywhere.
It is easy to choose who you let close to your heart. But it is not as easy to choose our interactions. There are people everywhere who are unhappy and must take it out on others. People at work, people at the grocery store, and people who we consider family. Part of being better and making ourselves happy is being selfish enough to consider how we feel about people and situations before our desire to be accepted or understood.