I read a statistic online and said that we come in contact with strangers anywhere from 1 to hundreds of people in a day. And it got me thinking not of how many people I pass in a day, but how many stories. How many happy, uplifting, desperate, or sorrowful stories we brush by without even a blink. Someone could be having the best day of their life, and most easily their worst. Someone could be having a life changing moment; someone could realize that they are in love, another realize they are alone. Some may be struggling with family problems, friend problems, abuse, addictions, not able to make rent, promotions or firing, or even where they will sleep tonight. We pass people struggling every single day, and we will never be able to know exactly what their story is.
It’s a beautiful relationship strangers share, often in the form of a smile. A simple, uncomplicated acknowledgement that you take up that space right under your feet and that you aren’t being ignored. That no matter what you may be facing that day, that one smile just may get you through.
To all of the strangers out there, the one’s I’ve met, the one’s I’ve yet to meet, and to those people whom I no longer know… you are more than just a blink and that space you take up for that split second; you are wanted, you are needed, and you are loved.
Have a great day, everyone.