On Sunday, I broke out my canvas and easel and painted for the first time in months. I usually don’t know what I want to paint, just that I need that creative outlet for a few hours. I found the quote about meeting people while endlessly scrolling through the Internet and stopped for a minute. Read it a second time. Stopped. Read it a third time. And finally wrote it down.
I believe in timing. I believe that things happen at a certain time, for a certain reason, with certain people who trigger other events in your life. This quote is a part of that equation. Meeting someone isn’t just an accident. Whether it’s just a stranger that you are passing by for a split second, or someone who you establish a relationship with, they are all important. That random stranger you pass on the street could be the one person you pass before then meeting someone else a few feet later who ends up being a huge part of your life. If it weren’t for that stranger, you wouldn’t have met that other person because they would have been a split second too early. Timing, it’s all timing.
Even the people who you now possibly hate were in your life for a reason. No matter your current feelings for them, they triggered some sort of event in your life that changed you. The event may be good or bad, but it triggered something that set off a chain of events that is still occurring right now.
On the days when I reflect on my decisions of the past few years of my life and I question some of my choices, I have to remind myself that without those choices I wouldn’t have the life I have right now. Even the smallest of decisions triggered another, bigger decision that led me to someone who is now a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.
So maybe meeting someone is them setting off a chain of events in your life. Or, maybe it’s you setting off a chain of events in theirs.