As I was sitting on my bed a couple of days ago, I thought to myself, "what makes something important to me and why is it not important to others?" Seriously though... Have you ever wondered that??
Yesterday, I went on a long motorcycle ride with my boyfriend and his dad. It was a lot of fun! I love going on rides. The scenery is beautiful, the wind feels so good as it blows past you, the music you listen to helps you feel calm, and ultimately, there is a lot of time for thinking. Lots of thinking.
We stopped a few times along the way to hunt gophers, look at wild animals, and view the scenery. Here's a little picture I took at the top of the mountain that we rode to:
Man is it beautiful here!!.... In the last sentence I mentioned hunting. I'm going to go back to this part because this activity is SOOO important to Dawson and his dad. They are always thrilled by talking about new guns, making sure they aim well, shooting at their target, etc. As a by-stander, I was thrilled to go on the ride, but could do without the hunting. I will participate and go, but I don't feel the same passion that Dawson and his dad do about hunting..... and I probably never will. So here I am just taking pictures with helmet hair as they're talking about hunting and building things - when a thought hit me.
Every person has different thought patterns and makes decisions based on previous experience, certain influences, or whatever they feel like deciding in that moment. With those thought patters come interests, hobbies, and things of importance. These are influenced by genetics, location, society, etc. In order to create a human being, there has to be a specific compilation of genetic make up and societal influence that has never been exactly experienced by anyone else in the same way.
Humans are so complicated that even just thinking that thought patterns and interests separate us is crazy. Because there are so many other things that separate us and make us unique human beings!!
So, here's my theory about why I love to play the violin, go to the movies, go shopping, write about my thoughts and why other people could care less about those four things. I was born and raised in a family who lived and breathed music, movies have been a hobby that I have chosen to have an interest in and I had access to go to them, shopping is something that I can do with friends and continually buy clothes that I love, and writing is something that helps me get my thoughts and feelings organized and let out. Were you looking for a more complicated answer? Sorry, I don't have one. Who really knows if those are the reason that I love those four things. They are really important to me though and that's who I am. Those four things have happened in my life as an opportunity to develop as a person and I took it. I am realizing that I am unique among these country people here in Montana because I grew up somewhere else. But you know what? They're all different too and that's what makes people and life so interesting.
So, even if I don't have the exact answer to why certain things are important to me and not to others, it's okay. I enjoy certain things that other people don't enjoy and vice versa. The variety of life that we have at our fingertips is amazing, and taking advantage of that and learning other peoples passions and exploring our own is all we can do to live a diverse and meaningful life.