Dear friend, Have you ever heard of the butterfly effect?
I don’t fully get it either. But you’ve probably heard of it. If not, it’s theory about how when a butterfly flaps its wings in Connecticut, it eventually causes a tornado in Texas.
I don’t know the full details, but it’s basically this: it’s the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.
Woah. That’s big, right?
Now, let’s take another scientific fact. (Bare with me here – I promise there’s a point by the end of all this.) There is no such thing as a carbon copy of a human being. Everyone you meet, whether once and never again or many times, has never met and will never meet another person exactly like you ever again.
Put those two together and what do you get? Two words: YOU MATTER.You are so unbelievably important the world can’t function without you. I can’t even begin to explain how important you are. Think about it: what if you being late to class somehow saved a life? What if you helped stop a murder? What if you held the key to the world’s salvation?!
But that’s becoming a bit too grand scale. So let’s tone it down a bit. What if you weren't there for your best friend? What if she had met someone else? Things would be so much different from her. I mean, look how happy she is with you now. She’s never going to find what you have in another person ever again. You left your own unique fingerprint in her life. And what about that kid who sat next to you? What if you had never lent him that pencil, or that sharpener? You don’t even know it, but that could’ve made a huge difference in his life. What if he was failing, and that test was the only thing that could get him to pass?
Or what about that person you smiled at that today? That waiter you gave a good tip to? That stranger who asked for the time?
You matter. And so does everything you do. Every single little thing you do affects the world. And it affects the world in a way only you can. Because there’s nobody else exactly like you. So yeah...you’re actually kind of REALLY important.
It may seem like a big thing. And it kind of is. Every action you make to a person, even if it's only a hello, adds to a person's timeline - uniquely affects their life. And with how many people you interact with in a day, you are actually very far from useless.
Joey here! Not a vampire. Or a necromancer. I don’t even have a fake ID. I’m just an ordinary kid who likes drinking Kool-Aid and listening to Oasis. I also blog over at Joey Rambles. I like making people laugh and inspiring them, so if you like both of those things, you should go check my blog out!