There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't yet met.
When we are born, we sign this invisible contract that revolves around human interaction and social communication. We then start to spend basically every waking hour interacting with people, thinking about their mannerisms, working with them, becoming friends with them, sharing meals, laughing over drinks, talking to them and sometimes even sitting in silence with them. But do you ever think about the people you haven't met yet? The ones that are right around the corner or miles away.
Recently, I've been thinking a lot about those strangers. I think about how they will affect my life one day, how they will enlighten me and what lessons they will teach me. More specifically, I think about those 30+ strangers I'm going to meet in the next few weeks. The ones that I'm going to live, eat and breathe with for a year; and the ones I'll meet along the way. It's electrifying, the mere thought of what they are like. Learning their curiosities, their interests, dislikes, favorite wines, past experiences, favorite memories, and what makes them… them. In my mind, these people are already so unique and rare. To me, it's a curious thing to meet people who will drop everything (sell their home, leave their friends, donate their things) in order to travel for an entire year with complete strangers; to experience life changing events together. Curious…maybe. Bold… absolutely.
I've learned the rarity of spontaneity that exists in this world. Our surroundings have placed us in a world of comfort, trying to make our lives easier and easier as we grow. I'm definitely a product of that lifestyle being a software designer, as we make the process for people a simpler journey. But there are people in the world that want to challenge that comfortability, they want to embrace the adventure that has yet to be found. To those reading this, I will say… FIND THOSE PEOPLE. Everyday, allow someone to surprise you, blow your mind, change your perspective. How you choose to let them is up to you.
Before I meet my bold strangers, here is what I'd like to say to them:
To those I have not met,
Thank you for stepping foot in my path. Our journeys have crossed for one rhyme or reason, and for that I am incredibly grateful. I know you have something to teach me. I hope you change my perspective, cause me to love in new ways, push me out of my comfort zone. Perhaps we will laugh together, or cry together. Maybe we will go on a grand adventure (maybe 2), or come up with an idea. I imagine us chatting about life, and the possibilities of it all. It may be that we have a philosophical conversation that brings light to our lives, or you provide me with some tough love that causes me to realize something deeper within. Perhaps it's an experience or maybe a shared vision.
Whatever it is, I'm very delighted to find out.