I Made The Difference of a Lifetime

I remember going to classes and work every day, and minding my own business.  Not thinking that I have any sort major impact on the world around me.  As my program was coming to an end, a woman came up to me in the hallway. I had recognized her but couldn’t remember her name for the life of me.  We started up a conversation… and she cut me off after I mentioned that I was almost done and leaving soon.  She said, “You should know something… I am 41 years old with 2 kids. I was a stay-at-home mother… Yet I’m here in school. I started this fall, and when I started I was have a number of doubts in my mind… thinking that I was too old to do this, or too silly to think I can go back to school.  I felt old and out of place as I looked around and only saw kids in their late teens and early 20s. People were just going about their business and I just felt as though I couldn’t do it.  Then, while I was walking down the hallway, you came up to me, and started talking to me about some student initiative, and how I should get involved. We ended up walking the same way until I reached my class. As you finished your little speech, you just skipped away to the next person, and I walked into class feeling a little bit better. I walked into class feeling comfortable. I think you might have been the factor that pushed me into staying true to my goal.”

I thanked her and we continued talking a little more until we had to continue with our day.  As I walked away, I realized that I made the difference of a lifetime in someone’s life, and I can’t even recall her name, or even most of the scenario for that matter.  If I helped someone in their life in a way that I can’t even remember properly, how many other random times would there be where I made an even larger impact on those around me…

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