In the long run, some things turn out to be incredibly significant to our lives, even though we couldn't have known about it at first. For example, when I was a little kid and still couldn't swim, my father had to cut the grass around the pond in our back yard. He was planning to do it early Saturday morning, but his friend dropped by for an unexpected visit and the two went fishing, so my pops postponed cutting the grass to Sunday. During the same Saturday, I was playing on the high edge of the pond and overextended a bit, falling into the water. I didn't know how to swim and the depth was well over my height so I began just instinctively reaching for anything around me I could get a grip on. Long story short, I climbed out of the pond by gripping the grass my father had to cut down. Remembering that epic day I can't help but wonder - what things in other people's lives seemed unimportant at first but changed them forever? Write your responses below while I go search for ways to download the Butterfly Effect.

#1

This guy in high school that I barely knew defended me when my crush was being rude to me in the hallway during school. After my crush slinked off, the guy told me to come to him anytime if I ever felt scared or bullied again. He has been my best friend for 24 years now and my husband for 22. I'm the luckiest woman in the world.

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Its da Latest 1 year ago

I love happily ever afters

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#2

3 years ago I went to my university to sign some papers. After signing them I realised I needed to go to the bathroom. There were many of them but I liked the newest one in our new building the best. It's weird, I know, but I went for that one and when I entered the new building where the WC was, my eye got caught on a job application for Bored Panda. So I sent my CV and...here I am, three years later. So I guess I'm glad for my small bladder and on being picky about public bathrooms.

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#3

Ticks. Tiny bugs. Never thought much about them; they were not unusual sights and at any time of year I might pull them off my horses, my dogs, myself.

For the past 8 years I've been disabled by Lyme and other tick-born diseases. I've had near-death experiences, I am in pain 24/7. I have probably permanent physical damage. I've been traumatised by doctors and my illness. It's a huge burden on my family. I will never be the same, never get back these lost years even if I go into remission.

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1 year ago

There is so much more I could say about this. Please, please, educate yourself on tick prevention, early signs of illness, and effective treatment. (ILADS is a good resource.) Do not disregard them as annoying-and-gross-but-harmless little bugs. They carry so many bacteria that can be life-altering and even deadly. For you and your pets.

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#4

I didn't want to go the the party but in the end, my friends convinced me to go - only for few minutes...I entered the room, I saw a girl standing near to a friend of me... I felt in love in this moment. On 20 July, we know each other for 30 years, are married since 20 years, have to children....

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1 year ago

Well, English is not my first language..... je peux aussi l' ´écrire en francais ....oder auch gerne auf Deutsch, diese beiden Sprachen beherrsche ich etwas besser als Englisch. What about you?

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#5

I think I was in fourth grade when my parents bought a computer.
I had no idea I'll be spending half of my time awake in front of it...

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tweetybird 1 year ago

i understand

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#6

Joined the Army in my 20's just to go off and see new things. During the first day of individual training we had to introduce ourselves to other classmates. One guy said something that made me think 'Wow, you're stupid'. Ten months later I married him. 13 years and 2 kids later, I now think he is the coolest and smartest guy ever.

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#7

I was extremely bored one day, and I was looking for something to do. I picked up a few beads and some string and made a horrendously simple necklace. Four years later, I'm making professional-looking jewelry and selling it online!

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Brazilian911 1 year ago

Wish that happened to me, I loooove jewlrey.

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#8

When I was in elementary, this new girl came to our school. When I first saw her, I thought she was really weird and I didn't like her at all. We have been best friends for over 15 years.

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SXD SXD 1 year ago

The exact same thing happened to me!

#9

My university and degree choice was based on my crush for a guy. Never ended up with the guy but ended up studying in two different countries, learning other languages and cultures, becoming a strong and independent woman, and now happily living on the other side of the world with a job I love feeling very lucky that my crush influenced my choice and led me to a school that gave me those opportunities and experiences.

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#10

Moving schools. I thought I was just getting away from bullies. Years later I have my best friend and a really close friend. It was the best decision of my life.

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