While on Semester at Sea, one of the professors assigned us this task: Think of someone that had made an impact on/in your life. Now for the rest of your life, think about that person every time you brush your teeth. So I find myself thinking about my “toothbrush people,” how they have affected my life and continue to inform where and who I am today.
As the holidays approach and we are bombarded with news of unrest and injustice, I challenge you to think about your toothbrush people. How have they changed you?
I believe there are no accidents when it comes to the people in our lives. Each one is there to teach us something. They are all godsends. So, I thank God every day that he blessed me with friends that are filled with so much passion, courage, positivity, hope, and love for the world.
To close, I’d like to thank my toothbrush people—those that are no longer a part of my life and those that populated my daily activities. Thank you for teaching me to lead with love and appreciation, that the best moments are real and uncensored, to laugh when the world seems to be falling apart, and to always be thankful and shine on.
“You’re not the same individual you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago. You’re always growing. Experiences don’t stop. That’s life.”—Unknown
By Ali Kochman