Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Grand Central Terminal

“A complete stranger has the capacity to alter the life of another irrevocably. This domino effect has the capacity to change the course of an entire world. That is what life is; a chain reaction of individuals colliding with others and influencing their lives without realizing it.”

I've visited NYC annually since grade school, yet admittedly have never been to
Grand Central Terminal. The interior was every bit picturesque with it's glorious turquoise ceiling and ornate moldings, but the real thrill came from the bustling energy as crowds of people crossed the room, each individual going his own separate way.

While I wasn't there to catch a train, the people watching was worth the trip alone. As I watched tourists, commuters, and locals rush by, I couldn't help but marvel at all of the different places each person was headed. Was the young couple off to meet her parents? Has that man with the suitcase  taken the train every weekday for the past ten years? Is that teenager with the guitar moving to NYC to make it as a musician? As I looked across the room, I couldn't help but examine the faces of travelers and wonder what their story was. For a few minutes or even seconds, we share a brief moment in each other's lives before we head off on our own path, probably never to see each other again. Later on that day,  I experienced the weirdest event that really opened my eyes. 

In one conversation, I became linked to a stranger in a random store in Lower Manhattan. By casually mentioning my school, we discovered mutual acquaintances, hangout spots, and favorite restaurants in Boston. Of all the thousands of people in NYC, I found a person I shared a bond with I didn't even know existed or could have imagined.

The world is truly a small place. While we walk by strangers everyday, I can't help but marvel at the thought that we might share an incredible bond- and never even know. It actually seems a bit haunting to think that we are constantly surrounded by people who might have a similar or shared story with us that we will never know. But, it makes it all the kind of magical when two strangers do collide and connect.

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