You know that whole twitter trend, where people were re-tweeting statuses and adding in “THIS!” to indicate that they wish they’d tweeted the status first or were in complete and total agreement with the re-tweeted status? If I were nerdy enough, I’d post this thought with a simple, “THIS” as the caption and move on.
The past few days have taught me the truth behind this thought tenfold. On my recent travels, I’ve had the opportunity to hang out with people I’ve barely known and been thrown into stressful mis-adventure travel issues (oh, cancelled flights, you are so much fun) with near strangers– “ordinary people” I’d met before, but didn’t really know anything about. Every person has since completely blown me away and all I can think is, “Once you get to know someone– you don’t even have to know them intimately and fully and for years, just take the time to dig a tiny bit and get a glimpse of their personality– everyone is amazing. Everyone is beautiful and everyone has a strong story to tell.”
It’s so true. People who I’ve never given a second thought to are fascinating and kind and funny. People I’ve seen once or twice can make an hour breeze by with their interesting conversations. People I would have overlooked are now beautiful to me, because they have such wonderful personalities.
Get to know someone new this week. Give that stranger or friend-of-a-friend a chance. Strike up a conversation with an unknown coworker or neighbor. You will be amazed at what they have to offer.
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