You’re not an extra part

Didn’t realize that I’d actually cry after watching this video. I also didn’t think I’d find a meaningful message in it. I just wanted to watch videos of dogs surfing. But really, wow. This is a beautiful representation of all the wonderful things that could happen if you were to be who you are and did the things you love and truly let yourself shine. Instead of forcing yourself into a mold that you just couldn’t fit into. Also, another message I derived from the video was that I saw how each and every one of us has a purpose in the world, no matter how small or big it was, we all have a purpose and are interconnected.  Like for example, Ricochet is a dog that now inspires hundreds and thousands of others, this particular video has over 4 million views.  That’s a whole lot of impressions.  In turn, a percentage of those people were probably inspired to the point where they decide to make some decisions that might greatly alter the current path of their lives.  In turn, that percentage of people will have an impact on the people around them and percentage of those people may make some decisions that greatly impact those closest to them. And it can go on and on and on.

Or another example that isn’t too based on hypothetical assumptions, Ricochet inspired the quadriplegic boy Patrick to surf. She helped counterbalance the board and guided him while he was out there in the ocean.  And you know, I’m sure to be able to go out there into the ocean and surf, whilst being a quadriplegic really altered your reality.  To be living most of your life confined to a wheelchair and all of a sudden you’re out there on the ocean without your wheelchair, surfing?? Dude, that would totally shatter your concept of reality.  In turn I’m sure his story has inspired other quadriplegics and even non-quadriplegics that you have the capacity to do amazing things that you initially thought you couldn’t do, as long as you believed you can.  And you know, without the help of Ricochet, he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to surf, and in turn wouldn’t have had that memory and experience to inspire others into doing things that they thought they could’ve never done.  I wish I was able to articulate this in better manner, but it really got me feeling how every one of us plays a part in the lives of everybody else.  No matter how big or small, our actions have the potential to have an infinite amount of impact on others.  Kind of like how within the ecosystem each species has an impact on the whole ecosystem, if one species dies, it’s death creates this chain reaction effect,  most of the time if not all the time, negatively impacting the ecosystem.  You know, that really does make you feel that you are apart of something bigger than just yourself.  That you are important and that you have a specific place and purpose in this world. A quote from one of my favorite movies, “Hugo” articulates this idea very well,

“I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”

Okay to give out another example now, a much more personal example, of how our actions have the potential to greatly impact others. If it wasn’t for my friend Nathan to want to go out to the beach and surf along with teach me how to surf, I wouldn’t have gotten over my fear of the ocean and also wouldn’t have experienced the amazing feeling it is to just be in the present moment in the here and now, while I was out there in the water.  In turn, if it wasn’t for my happy experience with surfing, I wouldn’t have woke up in the morning googling up surf related things.  In turn, I wouldn’t have found this inspiring video of Ricochet. In turn, I wouldn’t have felt inspired enough to write a long blog post about how I really did felt that we all have a purpose in this world, no matter how big or small, along with other ideas I gathered from the video.  Who knows…… unless you’re really tracking every action I make, but I really do feel this video had a pretty big impact on me and my ideas.  So you can say in a way, if it weren’t for making the decision to go out and surf for the first time, I wouldn’t be on this newly carved path that I am now. And you know, I am very determined to create a great and positive impact on this world… And I can’t say that the sole fact of having a good experience while I was out there in the ocean is why I want to make a positive impact on the world but I can say that it was definitely now one of the contributing factors to it.

Another realization I just had: all the good (and bad) I do in this world, is really, credit to every single person that has had an impact and impression upon me.  And so…….. this makes me realize even more that I have to be quite mindful of my actions.  I only want to behave in a way that would positively effect others around me. Sigh, life is just a series of reactions to one another, huh! How crazily wonderful is that? As you can tell, I’m a big advocate on the concept of the butterfly effect.  How one small initial action, can result in a much larger difference down the line. Woooooow, right? Right. And I’m rambling, but I hope any of you, who have read this, takes something positive out of it! :)

I am so grateful for this world and all that it has provided for me.  It has really made me want to leave this world better than how it was when I came into it.

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