When I was in year 10 at high school, my friend suggested that we go on a mission trip to Thailand for three weeks. It the best darn idea ever, and we got to researching about it all: the organisation who organised these mission trips, the cost, the sponsorship we would need to pay for it...everything. I got really excited about the concept of going over there and helping out in whatever way we could. I can't remember if it was a specific thing we were going to do, but I just remember thinking 'I'm going to change the world'. Of course I didn't think I was going to change the entire world just by going to do a mission trip in Thailand, but I thought if I can affect (effect?) one person's life, then that would be worth it.
We didn't end up going in the end. It wasn't going to work. But my friend went on to go on several mission trips, and that was amazing. I didn't, but the whole idea was there in my mind. The idea that just affecting one person's life is the beginning of something bigger. You know the movie Pass It On? Like that.
Although I'm no longer that 14 year old girl with big dreams of changing the world, I often wonder if my life affects the people around me. I wonder if I had never come to England, never met these people, how would their lives be different? How would my life be different? I know that sounds very high and mighty of me, saying that these guys' lives are better for knowing me - they're not! That's not what I mean at all. What I mean is that I wonder if I have changed anyone's life. Not in a huge way, but in the little things. Perhaps I've said something and that's encouraged someone to go and do something. Or perhaps I've inspired someone to start something knew, read a good book, travel, see the glass half full, learn a new instrument...anything! I wonder...
I don't really know what the point of this post is...but I'm sharing what I've been thinking recently. I know that if I hadn't come to England and met the people I've met, not only would I not know them (and that in itself would be tragic), but I wouldn't have grown in confidence singing, I wouldn't have done NaNoWriMo, I wouldn't have been inspired to learn the guitar, I wouldn't have known about all these hidden gems of the county I live in, I wouldn't have learnt, done, seen, experienced so many things.
Perhaps what I'm trying to say is that even the smallest things can mean something. Sure, we might not change the world in a day, or ever, but we can be ourselves and hope that that is enough to encourage others, to inspire them, to build them up, and to see them doing the same for others. I may not have changed the lives of those people I've met here in England, but they sure have changed me, and though I'm moving on, I am forever grateful for them and to them, and I know that I will see them all again some day.