And in terms of everyone being connected in some way, I totally agree. In fact, just today, I realized that two people that I know well actually know each other and it was really odd. Strange also, is that since my mom started working on a family reunion for her grandmother’s family – The Owrutsky family (I know, right?) – that I have more cousins than I ever realized. Well, I started ‘hanging out’ with all these cool people I’m related to, but don’t really know well IRL on Facebook over the past year, also. I love my cousin Eric (who I might get to see at the end of the month!) and I’m back in touch with Mindy and of course, there’s Howard and his wife, Risa, who I have known since I was 5… and there’s Lois, who I haven’t talked to in ages. And I have 6 first cousins and various first cousin spouses – many of which I see on Facebook daily. But there are tons more. Tons, I say!
But I have totally digressed here. That is all about the small world.
Now, the point. (I had a point?)
It’s a huge world out there. Huge.
I grew up and knew the people who lived on my block. Then I met the kids at elementary school. Add to that the friends I made at religious school.
Then, I went to camp out of state. Now, I had friends in Pennsylvania and New York, too. In junior high, I met a whole bunch of kids who’d gone to a different elementary school.
Then I joined youth group. Met some folks from different junior high schools. And then came high school where there were kids from two other junior high schools. Sprinkle in the people I met from working at Gino’s. (Everybody goes to Gino’s, ’cause Gino’s is the place to go….)
One of my great friends went to a private school nearby. So I met some kids from there.
My world had grown.
Then, there was college. And like all our college experiences, there were people from all over. I learned from them. Met people from different backgrounds, with different beliefs, different family situations, different dreams and aspirations.
But still, my world was somewhat insular.
As I entered and grew in the business world, I met more and more people. It was like the Breck commercial – because each new relationship increased the number of people that I came in contact with exponentially.
I started hanging out online in the 80’s and started to meet people from all over. People I’d never have met. Never. But they were awesome. I loved how my world was expanding.
Turns out that it was just the beginning.
I am amazed at how wide my world is, how many amazing people I know. I am honored and humbled by the connections I have made and the introductions that have happened. My life is enhanced.
I was just thinking about some of the people I talk to online almost every day who I would never have had the chance to know. And I’m grateful.
Even more rewarding is how my online and offline worlds have merged over the past several years. I love introducing you all to each other and love that you all introduce me.
And I feel beyond lucky to have such a big world.
I can learn. Grow. Open my mind. See other viewpoints. Share myself. And become a better citizen of the world.
Because of you.