“Sometimes, some things fall apart in order for other things to come together.”
Call it fate, destiny or any other term you may have – I have a strong belief that everyone you meet comes into your life for a reason. It’s not always easy to identify what that reason is right away, but looking back, you may find that someone has had a massive impact on your life and who you are as a person. Perhaps it’s the stranger that smiled at you on the way to the market, or maybe it’s someone that you’ve just met and you realize that they’ve helped you grow in more ways than you could have originally thought. As I’ve gotten older and moved around for work and university, I find that I’m more willing to let people in than I ever have been before.
I find that people can be quite intriguing, as each person has their own story to tell – they just need the voice to be able to tell it. Recently, I met someone that changed my life rather immensely – and the crazy thing is, they might not have any idea that they’ve done so. This is what I mean by the impact that people can have on each other. You never know the impact you could be making on someone else’s life.
However, we’ll get back to the story I began. The person that I met was one that I was actually quite excited to meet but had no idea what could come from it. Fast forward to now, I’ve come even more out of my shell. Realized my passion in life truly lies with creativity and creating. I value myself and my thoughts more. I’m happier. I trust my instincts more, and I’m more willing to wear my heart on my sleeve. I was struggling a little with some of these recently, I was in a bit of a dark place and feeling a little stuck – but now, that’s completely changed. I’m so, incredibly grateful that they perhaps unknowingly helped me to break out of that mindset. Personally, I think that every interaction you have with someone has the potential to shape you or how you think, even if it may not be noticeable right away. Or, on the flipside, it could be like a curtain has been lifted.
Sometimes I wonder just how much I’ve impacted those around me – I hope that mark has thus far been a positive one – yet I still wonder, in the amount of stories that people tell about those they’ve met (recently or otherwise) how many stories do people tell about me? Maybe you’ve wondered the same thing. At least, I hope I’m not alone in this. I think it’s interesting to see the impact that you have, and the difference that you could have the potential to make in someone’s life. Have you ever been curious about the mark you’ve left on people as they’ve known you?
One thing that stands out to me in terms of realizing just how great that imprint may be, is measuring your own personal growth and seeing the difference in your own mindset having an affect on others. Are there previous perceptions about you that no longer apply? Perhaps you could be more well-travelled and experienced, more caring, loving, generous, adventurous, courageous…the list could go on forever. What is it about you now that causes a positive ripple effect of a better environment with the people you interact with today rather than yesterday? Last week? Last year? Sometimes it’s even the smallest of things that could brighten someone’s life, and you may not even be aware you’re doing it.
I often wonder about just how much of an impact the small things can have – maybe for a stranger or even a close friend. Take Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City for example. If Mr. Big would have only just seen her face on the day of their ‘big white wedding’ would they have gone through with it, or would he have still asked his driver to leave? Perhaps he would, or maybe not. Even if it is only a movie – it still goes to show just how much one small action (like seeing someone’s face across the room) can mean to someone.
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Do you think that you meet everyone in your life for a reason? I strongly think so – it’s just up to you to figure out what that reason is, and what you can learn from them. Are you ever curious about how much of an impact you’ve made on the lives of those that surround you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Until next, xoxo
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