“A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.” – Will Rogers
I absolutely love meeting new people. It’s one of my favourite things to do. Whether I’m at the train station, in a queue or simply buying something in a shop, I’ll always talk to someone there. Some people may think this is odd, and yes I guess I’m quite bizarre…BUT, I believe it’s so important to build relationships with people, even if it is just a bit ‘o’ banter that may brighten up someone’s day. I’ve had several great train journeys where I’ve sat next to someone really interesting and we’ve laughed all of the way to our stops. I was on the train with an elderly lady called Kathleen once and she then started randomly talking to me about her love for the Hunger Games Trilogy. It was amazing. Ha! I just love how people can surprise you. At the end of conversations with different people, we often exchange names and shake hands, then off we go on our separate adventures. I love it. (Obviously be tactful though ladies and gents. Only engage in conversations if you feel it safe to do so. You know, ‘Stranger Danger’ and all that…)
At university, I have found the most incredible friends with the view that I have kept in mind that, “A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.” On my first day at university, I was rather nervous. I initially commuted to uni and so there was more ‘pressure’ for me to gain buddies as I didn’t have the advantage of making friends through housemates etc. So, as I walked onto campus, I decided to smile at the first person I saw. A girl was walking towards me and so I beamed enthusiastically at her. (I’m such a dweeb.) The girl gave me a very quizzical look back. We then walked in different directions. My quest for friends had failed. BUT, HAD IT?….
I later saw that girl again on the same day. Embarassed at my early attempt to make a pal, I rushed on forwards into a lecture hall for a meeting. The girl awkwardly then tried to catch up with me and to talk to me, asking if I was going to the same Faculty of Arts meeting as her. To cut a long story short, the person in this story is my very best friend and course mate, Becky. Ha! How funny is that? Since, we’ve been on many hilarious adventures together, been in at least one module together each semester for all three years of university and even given presentations together. She’s a flipping legend. God truly blessed me with such a great pal!
Even in this late stage of university, (I’m in my final year, with only two weeks of lectures left – WHAAT?!) I’m still making friends on my course. I am so blessed to have all of these crazy and brilliant friends, who I didn’t know a couple of months ago. Each Wednesday morning is truly brightened up by two particular people who I love dearly. I only met both of them properly 10 weeks ago in our first lecture and they both make me really happy. They’ve made the end of my final year brilliant and I am so blessed to have them in my life. (Ryan and Lex, you legends!)
So, what I’m saying in this blog is, I URGE YOU, to talk to someone new. Can you think of someone you see regularly in lectures, in a society you’re in or perhaps a person at work you never speak to? Go over to them, smile and get into a conversation. Even if it’s about the most random thing. DO IT. You might acquire a brilliant new friend into your life.