Saturday, November 10, 2007

6,602,224,175

Occasionally, I’ll take some time to stare up into the sky, or across the ocean, or stop in a really busy street and just look around me, and I realize how small I am. The world is so big, so vast, and I am just one person. Right now, there are around 6,602,224,175 people on the earth. Over 6.6 billion people. I can’t even comprehend that number.

Isn’t it crazy to think that of those 6,602,224,175 people, my immediate biological family accounts for the last 5? So if we all died, there would be 6,602,224,170 left. Then again, a woman apparently has a baby every 8 seconds, so within 40 seconds, less than a minute, the number would be back up to 6,602,224,175 and we’d all be replaced. Thinking about that makes me realize how strange it is that one person, as insignificant as they may seem in the great scheme of things, can be so tremendously important – either to a whole country of people, or just to one individual being. Take someone like Mother Teresa, for example. She was just one woman, one seemingly very insignificant person; without her, you’d hardly notice the change in the world population. But she changed the world. Everyone knows who she is.

And what about people you know? Of all the friends you have, all the people you’ve ever met in your entire life, is there a single one of them who hasn’t changed or shaped your life in one way or another, no matter how considerably or otherwise? There are a lot of people I know that shape my life, that change my world, and the way I see it. And if a single one of those friends didn’t exist, it would be a different world for me.

6,602,224,175 people. Yet it only takes one to change the world.

7 comments:

Robyn said...

hey hayley! just read up on all your blogs, glad to see you are well! what happened with the rest of your summer? what are you up to now? im having a great time at uni, working hard! but missing hk soo much,i cant wait till xmas!! keep up with the blogs, theyre great! take care xoxo
Robyn

Kathy said...

it reminds me of the numbers on peyton's wall in OTH...
x

hayley said...

haha, indeed. maybe ill paint it across my wall in font size 6789634, too. :)

Sophie said...

aww i like this a lot :) xxxx

Sophie said...

aww i like this a lot :) xxx

sherin said...

This note is so short and sweet :)

"Occasionally, I’ll take some time to stare up into the sky, or across the ocean, or stop in a really busy street and just look around me, and I realize how small I am. The world is so big, so vast, and I am just one person"

I FEEL YOU GIRL. Everyday when i walk to uni and back, I'll look at the sky..(when im walking on a straight, unobstructed road that is) and yeah..my thought process is still 1)thats pretty 2) i'm small 3) come back down and look at where i'm going. And then my mind continues to wander..

charlie said...

how wonderfully true :) i love those moments, where you just stop and observe the world - u recognise the simplest of things that make u smile, that wouldn't have if you had just kept walking.
keep it up bubxx