We meet strangers every day. We sit next to them on the bus, walk amongst them on the street, shop with them in the local supermarket. We may even work with them in the office. Some we see only once in our lives. Others we see almost every day: people we greet out of courtesy in the elevator, for instance, but remain nameless or co-workers we routinely speak to whose history and interests are unknown to us. We may see these people over and over again, but they hardly leave a dent, impression or mark on our lives. They are passing instances that quickly fade and disappear, as if they never existed, the moment their presence is gone.
Then there are those that leave an everlasting impression even if our time with them was only a brief exchange on a park bench or train ride. We may never see them again after that, but they have left their mark. These are unforgettable characters whose stories, personalities, knowledge, beliefs and perceptions of life penetrate one’s mind and soul. They introduce new ideas and cultures; they push boundaries; they challenge beliefs; they inspire and ultimately affect change in one’s life. It is rare we come across such characters, people we find ourselves connecting with in such a deep and meaningful way. When we do meet such a person, it is like opening our eyes for the first time where the world looks new, exciting and full of possibilities again. That person becomes an inspiration, a muse, in which we find new reasons, hope and dreams for a better, more beautiful life.
Perhaps this is what it means to fall in love: the feeling of being inspired by someone. Through this person, one finds the inspiration, courage and strength to be better and greater; to pursue the dreams one may have put aside; and ultimately, pursue the beauty, whether that is children, family, art or whatever life aspirations one may have, that makes one’s life meaningful and fulfilling. You are touched so deeply by this person, or by the one moment you were fortunate enough to share, that you are no longer the same person you were before.
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