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?