There’s an old saying, “everything happens for a reason”.
Although I consider myself an optimist, I’ve struggled to embrace the validity of this statement for as long as I can remember.
Recently, I’ve instead come to the conclusion that every person happens for a reason. In essence, each individual we encounter presents us with an opportunity to learn something: how to be, or how not to be.
Over the course of the past ten months, in particular, I’ve been exposed to countless new faces and personalities. While I often feel as though this has been the most mentally exhausting year of my life, the degree of exhaustion quite parallels the reward. In a cast of what has felt like thousands of introductions, I’ve observed those who opt to stand out for the greater good, those who choose to blend in with popular belief, and everything in-between.
Friendships and upsets aside, this continuous whirlwind of interpersonal encounters has equated to opportunities, inspiration and most importantly, an internal promise to always do the right thing, regardless of ease.
In the end, we will encounter three types of people during our lives: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens (Lasorda). And although their individual impacts will vary substantially — they will all happen for a reason.