It’s hard to accept how small you and your life are. It’s a strange feeling to look at the world and realize how much bigger it is than anything you can even begin to conceive. There are millions of hierarchies, tons of groups and cliques, and over seven billion people in the world.
7,000,000,000 people. Did you know that the average person meets between 5,000 and 100,000 people in their lifetime? And when you think about the number of people you consistently come in contact with, people you may be able to influence in some way, that number significantly dwindles.
Unimaginable how enormous the world is.
I’ve recently found myself looking at what I’m doing or what I’m so engrossed in and stepping back from it. It’s interesting to think about all the other rooms in the world in which people are doing something. At this very moment someone is making a life or death choice, someone is arguing a rule, and another person is typing on their computer.
I was at basketball practice the other day, looking down the court at the scrimmage going on and realizing how, in the grand scheme of things, what we were doing was so unimportant. That same night I talked to a middle-aged woman who told me how worried she was that her life wasn’t going anywhere.
It got me thinking, just where are we supposed to be going? What are we doing? What should we all be doing?
Each part of my life can begin to seem so miniscule, so unimportant.
I think it’s nearly impossible to figure out where each one of us “fits” in in this enormous world, though I know we all want to fit and we try as hard as we can.
While it’s fascinating to recognize what small part of a big beautiful world we all are (and I think we should appreciate it more often), it’s equally as fascinating to amaze in, appreciate, and cultivate our own little piece of it all.
We have to focus on ourselves and be on a constant search for what makes us happy. It sounds so selfish but in the end, I believe, it’s the opposite.
We can only make those 5 to 100 thousand people smile when we are truly happy ourselves.