I am going to try something new. I am turning Wednesday into Wednesday Wonders. These posts are going to be a little different. I am not really going to try to be motivational for these posts and they are not going to be every week. When I have something that I find interesting or makes me think a lot, Wednesday Wonders is how I will talk about them. Hopefully it helps me and my loyal readers (AKA my mother) to think differently. So it begins. . .
Life can be so interesting. You never know what the next second is going to bring, you never know how things you do now will affect you in the future. You can get a good idea of how some major things will affect you, like going to school, but you never really know for sure. Along with this, you never know how the people in your life will change it, especially strangers.
What inspired this post was something that happened to me on my train ride back to school. I was heading back to school like I usually do but this ride was a little different. The train was more crowded than usual for some reason so when I saw an open seat I took the opportunity. Once I got to the seat a girl came to claim the seat from the other direction. I offered her the seat and as she sat down she motioned for me to sit with her. Although that doesn’t sound bad, believe me when I say it was awkward; mostly because I have an affinity for awkwardness.
After my initial awkwardness I had to do something to redeem myself so I broke the silence and we started to talk. Disclaimer: I did not fall in love with this girl or anything of the sort. (That was for you mother.) We had a good 30 minute conversation. We mostly talked about school and the approaching hurricane until I had to get off at my stop. When I got off, we said goodbye and that was it. Even though were didn’t fall in love or anything like what happens in the movies, this encounter bewilders me.
It is so interesting to think that before this train ride, I had no idea who the girl on the train was. I didn’t know where name, I didn’t know where she was from; quite frankly I did not know she existed. We were two strangers sitting next to each other on a train. She was going someplace and I was going another but for those 30 minutes we were not strangers. We knew each other names, we had a conversation, and we interacted. Just as quickly as we became acquainted, we went back to back to being strangers going our separate ways in the world. Once I got off that train, with no contact information and a slim chance of running into her again, it was as if we had never met. However, we did meet.
This is what makes me wonder. How do these encounters with strangers affect our lives? I could have had a normal train ride where I sat there and listen to my iPod, but I didn’t. By sitting next to me and starting a conversation, our lives were changed. It went from a normal train ride to meeting a new person who was not in my life long but was still a part of my life.
Maybe strangers like this have no real effect on our lives but maybe they do. Maybe by meeting these strangers, it causes a butterfly effect in our lives that we can’t see. An example of this butterfly effect is this post. If I never meet the girl on the train I would not have written this post. If I did not write this post you would not be reading it right now. So now only has she affected my life but yours as well. We can never know the true effect because we can’t relive a situation without meeting the person. Now I am just left to wonder how strangers, like the girl on the train, affect our lives