That’s a funny saying. It’s true enough, the coincidences we so often experience that make us laugh and wonder if our world really isn’t that big after all. Like running into a high school classmate after not seeing them in years. Or taking a long flight miles from home only to see someone you know at the airport. Those sort of things, the things that make us stop and think that our world’s a lot smaller than it seems.
But it’s also a contradictory one. Because, let’s face it, it’s not. Not at all. There’s a world population clock on worldometers.info that, as its name suggests, displays live information about the current worldwide population, like the daily or yearly population growth, or of course, how many people are on the planet at any given second, a number that’s continuously increasing. It’s crazy to think that at the time I’m writing this post, there are roughly 7,462,107,000 people amongst you and I. Or that about 331,300 people have been brought into this life today. That’s a little over 121 million people born just this year.
But sure, it’s a small world.
Now I don’t know about you, but those numbers make me feel, well, small. Insignificant, when compared to how many other people there are on this Earth. They can make you feel like everything you’ve done, everything you’re doing now, everything you’ve achieved, doesn’t really matter. Because maybe for every dream we chase, every goal we set for ourselves, there are a thousand other people with the same ones, chasing the same dreams, setting the same goals. But that doesn’t matter. Why? Because they’re yours.
What I encourage you to realize is that it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. Everyone’s different- some people have passions similar to yours, while others have some that are way out there, that you don’t even understand, and that’s OK.
This small world of ours is pretty big. There’s a lot going on at any given moment, and a whole lot more people. It can make what you’re doing feel a lot less important. Don’t let it. Do what makes you happy, and don’t worry about the other 7,462,107,000 people who are with you. After all, they’re all in the same boat as you.
Huh. Small world.
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle
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