Why is being around people on the same mission as you so vital?
When I say ‘Mission’ I don't mean necessarily a career path or general goal in life. I am relating to the everyday thoughts and interests of one's self, and how this can be shared with others of the same interests.
If you revise a textbook, take notes and do quizzes, you often find yourself engrossed in the topic and become passionate. The determination to do this is from the interest you have, which thus creates a passion, At least in my experience!
However, If you have no one to share all this knowledge, and no one to share all the new things you have learnt and potential applications in real life, You find yourself in a room with many who are at a ‘loss’ as they don't know what you have to say. This is very farfetched, so let's bring this all down to earth a bit:
I am currently a physics student, doing my last year in school, in which I have a class of a handful of people. Each student has their own work ethic and ‘drive’ as to say, but we all cover the same syllabus and all take classes together.
However, It's interesting to see how people will take the information in. There are students that simply, write it down, or better yet, just listen to what’s being said. And there are other students that are actively listening, with open eyes, full attention — out of a mixture of both curiosity and interest.
These are the people I like to surround my self with. It's these people who share the same interest with me, as in my two years of doing higher-level physics, ‘we’ have shared a new outlook on life and how we see things, simply due to our understanding of the physical world.
It's the conversations you simply can't have with a new normal stranger, as you are simply not on the same ‘mission’ as each other. You are not coherent, just not on the same wavelength.
Yes, this may be a bit passionate, however, it still applies to many fields and applications of its own. A simple example of a conversation was as follows:
In the workplace, we have a series of balconies, and they hand far from the ground. It’s a great architectural detail and is very pleasing to the eye. For someone not on the same ‘mission’ as you, this can be seen as just a balcony, or maybe be impressed on the height it is above the ground. However, someone on the same ‘mission’ as you, will take an understanding similar to you. Something along the lines of:
“ For a balcony to be functional, there must be an estimate for the amount of average force it can take, relative to its pivot point.”
“ Do you think the balconies extension is compensated with the large meeting room on the other side, creating a resultant force directed on its theoretical pivot?”
Yes, these were actual things raised, as we were both standing next to one another simply looking up at the balcony and everyone on it, on their own little journeys.
It's these conversations that are exciting and motivating for a student like myself, as not only have you found someone who shares similar interests, but also a reminder of what you are learning now, will help you later on. This is just my perspective as a student, But I can see it working in many other fields also.
Therefore, In life, It's important to have a motivating aspect every so now and then. It's vital. But there also must be an action in which you remember to be humble.
As a physics student, Space is a great interest of mine, And I'm very in tune with satellites and orbital objects. When the conditions are right, its really is a humbling experience to watch the International Space Station pass, while looking up into the dark night sky, remembering how simply insignificant you really are. The weather has to be clear, the visibility has to far, the ISS orbital path must be in view, and when all these combine constructively, A small Space shuttle several hundred miles above the earth is visible. A very humbling experience, yet continuous as It will happen again soon.
This was my first time writing a ‘story’ on medium, what are your thoughts? If anyone else interested in physics and would like to have a chat, please tell me!