By Chace Saumell Sundown United // DALLAS
When you are young and you look over the timeline of your life, you see it as a straight line. You are born, you live and then you die. As you grow older you start to realize that the timeline of our lives are not linear.
When we start out, our lives are simple enough. We have a few people in our lives that we know love us.
Then as we grow and change our lives branch out and before we know it, we are an intricate pattern of love and loss and experience.
We build a community all our own, communities within communities. Family, friends, co-workers, and the same group of strangers you see in the places you frequent, multitudes of different groups of people that come and go throughout the course of your existence.
These communities that we build are dynamic organisms. They move and grow and shrink and shift thousands of times throughout our life.
They are also very sensitive to us.
Everything we do has a ripple effect in the various communities that we touch.
We can affect them positively or negatively depending on our actions. We can hurt beyond repair or we can encourage growth and happiness and stability with a simple word.
We are powerful beyond our imagination.
Most people are passionate about something. Some people are passionate about everything.
The problem with being a passionate person within a community is that you throw your whole self into things without abandon and without weighing out the consequences.
You love hard and you can potentially get hurt hard and cause hurt in return. It seems that causing pain in some way, even unintentionally, is an inevitable part of the human condition.
Because it doesn’t take too long to realize that everyone within your sphere of influence also affects you with their actions. So then, it stands to reason that if you can cause pain with a word or action, you can also affect change and love and health and happiness with an opposite action or word.
The delicate balance and intricate nature of how closely everything is intertwined and woven together is beyond our capacity to comprehend.
Every individual hope you harbor; every dream you attain; every desire you fulfill has an impact even greater than you can imagine.
The trick to living in a community is to learn from your mistakes without letting the pain make you bitter. Learn to forgive. Stop worrying about things you can’t control. Learn when its time to let go and when its time to fight for what is important. Do good things. Be happy. Love without abandon. Pay it forward. Go out of your way to say a kind word. Extend a hand to someone you normally wouldn’t.
Remember that when you are old and you are looking back on your life, it will be the little things that mean the most. It won’t matter how much money you had or what kind of car you drove; knowing that you spent your life with people who loved you with the same kind of passion that you feel for them and making sure you did everything you could to make your community a better place will be the things that make a life memorable. And that’s what we all ultimately want right? To be remembered, to not live out our lives only to fade away into obscurity. Everyone wants to have a legacy.
It’s up to you to choose what the legacy you leave behind will be.