It is hard to quantify influence. I often have my students write papers on how historical events have influenced other aspects of history or even affect us today, but I’ll admit that it’s hard to realize, let alone verbalize, all of the immense ways one event can affect hundreds of others. It’s the same way with people. Every day we cross paths with people—most we will never see again, but there are those few that play such a significant part in our stories. It’s kind of crazy how a stranger can become such an intricate part of your life. Honestly, it can be terrifying if you let it—to think how this random individual can influence you in ways that you didn’t even think possible.  Read more