The following is an excerpt taken from a little book I am reading called: " God Is In The Small Stuff and it all matters" by Bruce and Stan.
"Someone once said that you'll be the same person 5 years from now as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read. The idea is that you won't grow as a person unless you bring new (and hopefully positive) influences into your life.
The alternative is to do what most people do-nothing. They rarely or never make friends, seek out mentors, or build in the lives of others. They rarely or never read meaningful and enriching books and articles."
They acknowledge that you should keep your "good" old friendships but are also "issuing you a challenge to step up your friendships and your reading habits to the next level."
"Books contain the experiences of people who have failed miserably as well as those who have achieved greatly(both are useful). Good books also present ideas and concepts that stretch beyond our self imposed limits."
I would just like to add that it is both fascinating and exciting to look back and see how various events, connections (sometimes by chance), and choices we make can influence us, thus having a profound affect on the paths we walk and even the destiny of others.
Hopefully, most of the new paths will have come from positive events but adversity can also strengthen one's character, leading to amazing opportunities not yet seen along with enabling you to be better equipped to help someone else.
I wholeheartedly agree with the idea of seeking out those people, hobbies and things that will further enrich your spirit both for personal growth and to give back to others, keeping that ripple of good going forward.