A few days ago I had an epiphany. It was one of those moments when you’re doing absolutely nothing new or significant but something causes you to sit back and really question everything. I have those moments quite often, but this time it was different. As I was sitting in the backseat of a car full of my friends listening to Let Me Love you by Justin Bieber, I really realized how big the world around us is. It sounds cheesy, but just hear me out.
We spend so much of our lives going somewhere, or with a motive. We like to have everything planned out and precise, that often times we all just fly past the moment. Take going to Disneyland for example; If you spend your whole day trying to squeeze in as many rides as possible, do you ever take the time to sit back and realize the music playing around you, or how diverse the people surrounding you are? Do you notice how each land smells different, or how the trash cans are different?
As I was driving through Pasadena, I looked at all of the faces around me, and all of the Christmas decorations inside of each of the shops. I had never noticed that there was a white tree inside of Sephora, and I never even noticed that 21 Choices had been closed. As I saw each person walk past me I realized that they all have their own stories and their own identities. You know, I never truly listened when people would tell me “everyone is different.” I actually think I dismissed it as dumb advice from people trying to justify how weird and different I was compared to other girls. But on that night I think I really realized how different everyone is. There are 7 billion people on Earth and everyone is different.
I think in High school, it’s harder to realize that everyone is different. You tend to surround yourself with people who are just like you and stick with those people for a while. It’s hard to ever see yourself stepping out of those boundaries or meeting new people. In fact, I think that as a High Schooler, it’s really hard to picture your life outside of school. I think a lot of people meet their “best friends for life” in High School and are terrified of the idea of going out and meeting new people. Which is understandable. This was my case for the longest time. Most of the people in my life I have known for years and years. I’ve pretty much lived in the same place my whole life and I’ve gotten extremely comfortable. As I looked at the world around me, I found a new love for adventure and realization.
Ever since then I think I have looked at the world and the people around me with more awe and wonder. I’m extremely happy I had that experience because I recently hit a rough patch of anger and lack in motivation. As a 16-going on 17- teenage girl you would think that my priorities are much different than they are now. I don’t know if it was that night that sparked it but something happened and I can’t wait to get out into the world and meet new people and have crazy experiences.