Unintentionally changed someone’s life’s direction today

I was chatting with a new employee in our office today. She is from the Midwest and I told her that “I hear they have weather out there.” She laughed and said yes, and she wants to have kids someday but she wants to raise them somewhere where there are seasons but she is going to be in California for at least 10 years so she doesn’t know what she’s going to do and she was visibly having a freak out. I said to her, “Hey, you don’t HAVE to make your kids walk to school in the snow uphill both ways. You can totally consider building a family here in California and then travel to where there are seasons. Be a Californian and just visit the snow without having to shovel it.”

She pulled her hands away from her face and said, “Wow, you’ve just changed everything. You’ve changed my entire life’s direction and you just fixed so many things that have been having me worried.”

Hope it works out for her and that I didn’t inadvertently steer her into the ninth circle of hell.

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