Sometimes I wonder who reads these and why they read them…. kinda like that thought that hits you once in awhile about the fact that people are watching you and may be looking up to as an example… I've put myself out there to be that obviously but when I think of the impact that the smallest thing can have on someone's life it is actually very humbling!
Have you ever stopped and reevaluated life?! I'm doing that right now. I have a four big exams coming up (at an undisclosed date) for flying and I'm reevaluating my purpose for flying. Same with my life in general! My life could change course in an instant (for undisclosed reasons ;D)and I want to be ready and willing to take the new challenges as they come with grace and humility!
So I got a haircut yesterday evening… sigh… I love fresh hair! Anyway as my aunt, the hairdresser, and I were talking something came to me... I do a lot of impulsive things. Embarrassingly enough she found the product of one of my stupid moments… yes I attempted to cut my own hair. She laughed at me and actually I was kinda proud that I had tried it but it looked a little silly, she took it and made it fit in! It wasn't a lot I was just framing my face a little. That was something that only affected me really but most things in life affect more than just you. It's so hard to remember that people other than you will be affected by the decision you are making but it is so true and very real. I found that it was especially hard to think of more than me when I was in my early teens. How could watching this movie affect me later… I'll forget about it! Strangely I still remember those “bad” movies that I sneakily watched as a child…. I didn't forget. The most prominent one being Jurassic Park. It scared the living daylights out my ten year old self but my eyes were glued to the screen! Blood! Big teeth! Dinosaurs! People ripped apart! It may have been blown up in my mind but now I'm to scared to even mention the movie! I still feel a smidgen guilty for watching even when I knew I wasn't supposed to, even after knowing my parents knew about my past sin it still bugs me. I wouldn't have guessed then that even eight years later I'd still remember that night.
I'm sure every person has something that they did when they were younger not knowing it would affect them years down the road. Personally I don't think we can stop that. The consequence could be good or bad. Something that I did that has affected people I don't even know is grow out my hair for Cancer Care. Throughout my life I've only had two hair styles… bob and long. And I've been able to donate my hair to cancer care for wigs about four times since I was 12. I definitely plan on doing that as long as I can. That affect is good and life changing! I got to see some wigs a while ago and even the thought that someone would feel like a new person because of my ability to grow hair was so encouraging! Through the simplist act someone's life can be affect.
One more example and then I'll end. A smile! Ever noticed how nice a genuine smile is?! Smiles are very attractive and can be very effective. When someone smiles at me… in a mall for example… it makes my day! When people walk by in their own world and straight faced it doesn't make me happy I just tend to walk by without another thought to them but if someone takes the time to flash you a smile it could make your day! That's something I've tried to do more regularly is genuinely smile at strangers because maybe they haven't had a good day or maybe they haven't had someone love them for a while and I know that that can change someone's attitude! What you do and how you act can affect people, take note!