Sometimes in life the unexpected happens. Like you go to an event when you really don’t want to go because you have a cold and you’re tired but you go anyway because you care a lot about the person hosting it. And you also have a special position on their campaign team and they could potentially be chosen to be Mayor of the city. So you decide to go and after a nap you put on real clothes and even surprise yourself at how well you clean up. The new gear puts an extra pep in your step and you think, “The night won’t be so bad after all.” But still, you don’t know how true that statement will be. Because your expectations are minimal that you would actually meet someone and have a good time and something normal like that would happen. So you make it to the event and scan the crowd (which is sparse because its still early) and you see some familiar faces. You make small talk with a few but its clear there’s no one there for you to really connect with. But then this guy engages you in conversation with himself and another guy. Then the night flies by with you and the one guy conversing, until all of a sudden you’re sitting at a table with him 2 hours later, enjoying the interaction. And at the end of the evening you make your exit because the cold that you’ve been fighting for days is getting to you and you have to get up for work in the morning. So even though you’re enjoying the convo, you leave, pausing a second to see if he will make a move. But he doesn’t, so you leave, telling yourself, “It’s cool cuz that’s the norm.” But to your surprise he exits behind you. Runs after you, actually, just to get your phone number.
Sometimes in life you will actually meet someone face to face, not online (not that there’s anything wrong with that) or on social media (nothing wrong with that either) but in real life. And the guy will get your number, actually follow up immediately and not play the 3-5 day rule (wait 3-5 days to call). And he will keep following up. Letting you know he’s interested. Taking you out. Giving you quality time and attention and respect. And even introducing you to his friends.
Sometimes stuff that you think only happens in the movies actually happens in real life. And even though its not perfect (far from it) and doesn’t look anything the way you thought it would (does anything ever?), you recognize–it is a blessing.
Because it’s hard to find quality people to connect with. And it’s wonderful if that connection happens organically.
When you least expect it.
Like it did with me.