When I was recently traveling, my friend and I were discussing how many people we think we’ve met in our lives, and if we’ve met them all for a reason. Was it just a coincidence we stood online chatting with an English Priest for 20 minutes, or how about that Australian girl we bunked with in the hostel?

Everyday, I never know who I’m going to run into and what their story is going to be. Everybody traveling is willing to have a conversation, and some of the stories they have are incredible. Like, the other day I met a bunch of people traveling through Europe with no wallets, no phones, no clear plan, all they had were their passport and a final destination. It sounds impossible, but they were doing it, they are doing it.

And then you meet the people who travel everywhere and they tell you all these great places you have to see and they remind you not to worry about how you are not working right now because you will be working for the rest of your life– now is the time to explore.

The other day my professor said to us: “things you could never predict can happen to you at any moment” and after traveling and adventuring around some, I know that nothing can be more true. There are so many people in this world and you never know which ones you are going to meet. And I truly believe that every person I’ve ever met, even if it was just for a hot second, I’ve learned something from. I’ve learned something about who I am, who I don’t want to be. I think every person I’ve met has made me a little more complete, and turned me a little more into the person I’m meant to be.

Which is pretty cool, I guess.

Published by Anne Flamio