I could go on for pages and pages about reasons why you, one single human being in a world of over 7 billion people, are pivotal to the human race. But I think it will have more of an impact if I go with a more local approach.
Consider all of the people you run into every day, the people you pass by without giving them a second thought, the people who hand you your coffee in the morning, the people you know and love, and the strangers you meet only once and will likely never see again.
Every single one of those people is a person. Each one has a story, has had experiences you may never have, and can teach you something you don’t know. It’s true, we have access to a more-or-less infinite wealth of knowledge at all times: the internet. But there’s one thing you can’t get from the internet as readily as you can from talking to people: connection.
I know what you’re thinking: this post is supposed to be about why I’M important…so far you’ve only told me why OTHER people are important. Look at yourself as one of these people, though. You have had experiences other people haven’t. You know things that other people don’t, that other people want and need to hear.
This is why I think we need to connect to people more. We need not to be afraid of getting into a conversation with a stranger that’s deeper than what the weather looks like. Ask questions, reach out to people, tell people the things you’ve learned, be a mentor to someone, share experiences.
A week or two ago I connected with Jacob, the author of thebulbculture.wordpress.com, and this morning we Skyped for about an hour, and we realized that we come from incredibly similar backgrounds, and are working toward the same things in life. And now I’m feeling more motivated and positive and powerful than I was before. I’m confident we can both teach each other something, and we can build something amazing together that will change people’s lives. Imagine if he hadn’t reached out to me.
And I just think about the impact that we will both have on people, and about what we would miss out on if he hadn’t. Two minds working and thinking and progressing together can create something much more powerful than they could independently.
So YOU are important. Jacob mentioned that a lot of people operate for themselves, on an individual level, but that it’s important to reach out, to work together, to share experiences and ideas and thoughts and stories. Connection is what makes us great. Whether you do that through The Bulb Culture, or through comments to people on WordPress, or in person, know that it’s important, that YOU are important, and that the ability to connect and create a sum greater than the parts is what makes humans incredible.
A sincere thank you to Jacob. Go check out his site, he’s an awesome guy with a whole lot of passion for helping people.