Is it mere coincidence or is there a grander design at play? If you’re like me, you’ve probably pondered over this question at different points in your life, particularly after a chance meeting or an unexpected goodbye. It’s fascinating and a bit mystifying to think that out of all the billions of people in the world, a select few cross our paths and leave an indelible mark.
Whether they intrude abruptly or stroll in casually, whether they stay briefly or linger, whether they cause joy or strife – every individual carries with them an episode, an essence, or an experience uniquely their own. This essence modifies us, and the journey called life, in numerous astonishing and often profound ways.
1. To Teach Us a Lesson
Just as we attend school to learn various subjects, life is a dynamic teacher full of engaging lessons. Sometimes, individuals enter our lives as a medium for lessons that shape our character and perspective. These people may come as difficult colleagues, demanding teachers, or challenging friends, but they often remain in our lives until we’ve grasped the intended lesson.
I had a colleague who’d constantly try my patience throughout my tenure as an office worker. However, over time, I realized that her presence taught me valuable lessons about patience, empathy, and the power of understanding.
2. To Inspire and Motivate
Some people enter our lives seemingly as an answer to a silent prayer. They inspire us to reach new heights and become the best versions of ourselves. For me, it was my high school art teacher who ignited a love for painting, which grew into a passion that would carry me through tough times.
Whether it’s a mentor, a creative muse, or a lifelong friend, these individuals bolster our motivation and urge us to dream bigger and higher.
3. To Offer Support and Love
Throughout various phases of life, we encounter people who offer love, understanding, and valuable support. My childhood friend, Lucy, has been that person for me – always there in times of crisis or when I simply need a shoulder to lean on. Life presents us with guardian angels who help shoulder our burdens, share laughter, and fill our hearts with warmth and love.
4. To Help Us Grow
Personal growth is a significant aspect of human experience; some relationships shape that growth from the core. These connections could be evoked through illuminating conversations, shared experiences, or an emotional bond. My travel buddy, Aidan, and I embarked on numerous exhilarating trips together as young adults. Alongside sharing breathtaking views and memorable moments, we supported each other’s journey to self-discovery and personal evolution.
5. A Reminder of Our True Destiny
Sometimes, certain individuals show up in our lives to nudge us towards our true purpose. We cross paths with these people when we’re lost or straying from our destined journey. For me, it was an insightful chat with a stranger on a night train that reinvigorated my passion for writing. These encounters can provide much-needed clarity and direction in life’s complex maze.