Friday, September 06, 2013

Insignificant moments that are life changing.

I've been thinking a lot about events that lead to other events. What choices am I making now that will have long lasting effects on my life? It's obviously hard to know at this point in time. There are a few things that seem particularly insignificant that certainly had very long lasting effects on my views of the world and how my life turned out.

1. Dissecting a chicken in 5th grade
I don't know if this is something you did in science class in 5th grade.  However, this event followed by a farmer bringing in cow's lung and heart turned me into a vegetarian.
2. Going to an Osteopath
I went to the osteopath to sort out some skin and digestive issues. I came out knowing I was allergic to gluten and suddenly everything changed. I felt light, energetic, and I digested food instead of, well, not so much. I really just thought everyone felt as crappy as I did all the time, who knew!?
3. Being giving "Looking for Alibrandi"
I've written about this before. But this young adult book was giving to me by my mom when I was probably 12. It takes place in Sydney, and is a coming of age story. I loved how much freedom she had to take public transport around the city, skip school to go on a date, and the struggles she went through growing up - which were nothing like mine - spoke to me. It was this book that started my desire to go to Australia. It's the reason when studying abroad was being considered Australia is the only place I wanted to go. 

Anything insignificant moments that were life changing for you?

26 comments:

  1. This is a good question. I would say that some insigificant moments have let to me meeting people that changed my life. For instance, the decision to randomly stop in a music store one spring evening years ago led me to meeting my first true love.

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  2. So many things change us in ways we don't realize until we look back on it! This really made me think. I didn't dissect anything in High School, too squimish and my teacher was really cool about it.

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  3. i'd say any of the small moments I spent with family growing up xoxo great post

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  4. Great question. Life is made up of seemingly insignificant moments, I think.

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  5. Sometimes it's the smallest things that can just stay with you forever.

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  6. You did that in grade FIVE? I had to do it in grade 10 and it was not good. Not good at all.

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  7. So funny...I have just been thinking about all of my little choices and how they turn my life in different directions. Great post! I too remember that cow lung...I absolutely hated that lessons as well as the pig that we had to dissect in high school. Changed me for sure....I try to pay closer attention to what I am choosing these days...time is just slipping away and I want to leave goodness behind! All the best!!!

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  8. Love this post! I most definitely did not have to dissect ANYTHING in grade 5...eew! I could see how you wouldn't want to eat meat after that!

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  9. Really interesting post hun! I didn't even have to have that dissecting moment to become vegetarian, I don't think I would have made it through the class...while still conscious,lol. Thank you for your kind words...have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. I feel like I have a million of these. Tiny moments that seem insignificant but that lead to something bigger down the road. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I sonder if you mum regret giving you that book, if she hadn't you might have stayed closer to home:)
    I think one of the insignificant lifechanging moments in my life would be getting the after school job I got so many years ago. When I later was unemployed I called my old boss to see if she had something for me, just till I got a real job, which is almost 11 years ago, and I made a career there instead:)

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  12. I also read a book that had a significant effect on my life: when I finished the book I volunteered 6 months with autistic people in Israel. A keeper, that experience was!

    Also, just by starting a blog, I got to know my family in the US better. Wouldn't trade that one away either!

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  13. Walking down a hallway in school where there was a flyer about agricultural study abroad programs. It led me to Holland where I met my French husband.

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  14. Dissecting a chicken in fifth grade??!!? I'm appalled at the though! I wouldn't do that even now! I really understand why that traumatized you.

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  15. that is so interesting that looking for alabrandi started your interest in Australia - it is such a great coming of age book. do you like the movie?
    watching law and order every thursday night with my mum is why I studied law - does that count? luckily even though law is nothing like law and order i still love it.
    I love dissedcting things, I am a little bit sick like that :S

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  16. Amazing, isn't it? The first thing that comes to my mind is reading a book in high school about an organization in Hollywood that works with street children . . . that led me to school in Dallas, TX . . . where I met some of my dearest friends . . . and I now have a home-away-from-home in at least five countries. :)

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  17. Definitely, a great take on the question. I'm not sure I'd have a good answer. But I think it would have to have something to do with animals..as in watching them being born. I've seen kittens and even helped my grandfather deliver a colt. That was a bit nasty. I was little and the only one who's hand was small enough to put in a horse's butt..OK..it was disgusting.

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  18. So many things D... most of them not good, sadly. I do have one of brushing my teeth when I was 7 years old. They had a week of dental awareness and that's kinda stuck with me until now :)

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  19. It amazes me how many small moments can change a person on such a large scale... I adore the examples you gave!

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  20. Love reading how your insignificant moments made an impact on you. I think mine would be reading certain books that seemed to speak to me in ways that changed the way I lived life.

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  21. Crashing a friend's christmas party and meeting the man of my life? AH SO CHEESY! Sorry ;-)

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  22. I feel like this is such a profound question! I've never even considered it...

    Starting a blog to document nothing at all, that introduced me to hundreds of hearts, and lives through out the world.

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  23. More proof that books can be epic. I love that this book inspired your life.

    www.GirlwithaNewLife2.com

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  24. Proof that books can be epic. I love that this book inspired your life.

    www.GirlwithaNewLife2.com

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  25. I had that same life changing moment when I learned I shouldn't be eating gluten either. What a difference it made! xoxo

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  26. I'm starting to think that I might not be able to digest gluten either!! I need to email you.

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