There is a saying “Everything happens for a reason”, and I’ve come to learn that you either love this saying or absolutely hate it, depending on the situation. At the current moment I am not a huge fan of the saying, but I am sure that once I start thinking clearly again things will work out for the best and I will agree with it.
Anyway, I read a quote just now while catching up on Twitter “… the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.” ~ Scott Adams which made me stop and think about some of the people who have come and gone in my life.
I think the two quotes work hand in hand in a lot of ways. I think people come into your life for a reason, even though you may not realize that reason until long after they are gone. Some people spend many years with you. They share good times and bad times, laughter and tears and are with you when you need them most. Others may only be there for a few months, share a few brief moments, a conversation or two, or maybe just an occasional hello or smile in passing. Regardless, both can be equally as important even though you don’t realize it at first.
Over the years I have had the pleasure of meeting many people. All have brought something to the table and taught me a lesson in one way or another. Most of those people don’t even know the impact they had on my life because we no longer speak and went our separate ways.
One of those people are responsible for my taking the steps to become the fit person I am today. They have no idea of the strides I have made, the influence they were, or how thankful I am for our chance encounter, and they most likely never will since we no longer speak. I have thought about sending them an e-mail, but always decide it’s for the best not to since we chose to go our separate ways for a reason. One day our paths may cross again and if they do, I will be sure thank them, until then, I will be forever grateful in my heart.
Recently, I’ve noticed that it’s the people I’ve known for the shortest amount of time who have taught me the most valuable lessons about myself. I don’t know if subconsciously we seek these people, or if it is fate leading us to them but I am happy I have found each and every one of them. I will cherish them for as long as I have them and most likely even once they are gone, for they have all taught me a lesson along on the way. Even if I haven’t realized what that lesson is yet.