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All my life, I witnessed the effect of my mother’s love and humor and how it altered the world around me. Whenever I was asked throughout my childhood, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, all I could ever think of was that incredibly positive effect that I saw her have on others, one person at a time. I thought that, as far as something to do, that was the only thing worth my time. Initially, I never really gave much thought to whether or not I was going to be a firefighter, lawyer, or doctor. As far as I was concerned, life was simple and happiness was abundant.     In the past two hundred years, however, we have experienced a vast and rapid expansion in consciousness as a species and have transcended our own potential beyond what was once thought possible. We have witnessed the birth and exponential growth of industrialization in the western world and how it has changed the way we live our lives in every aspect. We have seen the rise and fall of civilizations as a whole, as well as extinction, nuclear warfare, and global economic collapse. Throughout all the downfall, though, it truly is quite the time to be alive.     So, in a society wherein our success in life is most often measured by monetary wealth and external possession, we have correspondingly deluded ourselves to believe that in pursuit of these things, we are working towards a long-term state of happiness. However, as we continue on in this repetitious and tunnel-visioned cycle of work and reward, this dependency grows into that of an addiction, and as with any addiction, there is always a price to be paid. Unfortunately, this cost is depicted through a lifetime of damaged relationships and wasted time, all sacrificed to the wheel of work and consumption. Inadvertently, this focus on self-pursuit undermines human relations in small, pervasive and insidious ways, and erodes the very things that make life worthwhile.     Realistically, that piece that we’re all after lies somewhere beyond personality, and as I grow older, I am beginning to find that my purpose has always been to free others from concern, just like my mom. I just had to ask myself the question – how will I serve the world? What do they need out there that my talent can provide? After witnessing the effect one can have on others, I would have to say that it is truly the most valuable currency there is. I have always found my happiness and sense of belonging in helping others and making an impact in any and every way I can, even if it means spreading myself thin, because I believe that interdependence is the foundation of a blossoming community.