Originally published March 9, 2015
Maybe you see or experience or hear something when you’re young which seems insignificant at the time. As you get older, however, realize it has shaped the whole of your thinking. Perhaps as you move through life, a casual word stirs an epiphany. A minor encounter sets something large in motion. A word of advice at the right moment changes you the way you see the world.
And there are relationships, circumstances, great successes and tragedies, which feel important in the moment; feel at the time as if they are going to change everything. But in the end, they have very little impact on your trajectory. Looking back, you can see that your life would have turned out essentially the same, regardless of these things. You would have ended up pretty much as you ended up, albeit by a slightly different route.
Your path is your path. You will become what you were meant to become. You will have the experiences you were meant to have.
What you take from them is your free choice.