Friday, January 13, 2012

It started at Hello. . . .

I have always lived in a suburb of Chicago and have a major comfort level with my suburb because it's where I grew up and where my roots lie. There is something comforting knowing weather you go to your local Starbucks or the post office you may run into someone you know. However weather you live in a small town or a large city there are moments in everyone's life where you feel so alone and a complete stranger. 
  I think back to the night I met my husband, I was totally a fish out of water and out of my comfort zone.  I noticed my husband right away and after some liquid courage and some coaxing I bought him a shot and we started talking. Never in a million years did I imagine that 2 years later he would put a ring on my finger and a year later we would be married. Had I not said hello to stranger I would still be single. 

I saw this quote on a Starbucks cup and I thought it was so true because I think now a days we get so caught up in our own lives and our friends lives on Facebook that we forgot about the real human interaction. 

Was there ever a situation where you said hello to a complete stranger and it turned into a relationship or friendship??

I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stumped by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, "Hi." They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word. 

Augusten Burroughs
Author of: Running with Scissors

1 comment:

  1. Hello is right my friend! Although I think it was the massive blizzard of 11 that bonded our friendship... that and the hopes that the store would close because of said blizzard!