Some of the coolest people I've met in life have been strangers. There have been people I've said hello to while out shopping and then a conversation blooms. I've talked to more people than I can count while waiting for flights, on the plane, and I even once ate lunch with a great guy in the Seattle airport who was on his way to Japan. Turns out he was from NC and frequented Wrightsville Beach during the summers of his youth, which is where I went to college.
This is something that I try to impart on the students that I work with, because you never know who you'll meet or where opportunities will come from.
This completely made my day to find out that not only had she made great progress since we last met, but that she happened to land herself a seat on a ski lift next to the exact person she needed to talk to. And instead of sitting their quietly or (worse) pulling out her phone, she struck up a conversation.
That same evening I went to the VA Bloggers meet up downtown at Tobacco Company. I went in not knowing a single person, but when I tell students all time about the importance of putting yourself out there, networking and meeting new people, I jumped in and went for it. I met so many great gals from blogs that I have loved reading, and got the scoop on the best brunch places in town--thanks RVA Brunch Club!
After striking up a conversation with Mallory from Mal's Miles we learned that we have a good mutual friend who she went to college with, and was one of my best gals in grad school. Small world indeed! We also came to the realization that we're the exact same person, and that our significant others also have a ton in common. We all went out together last night and had such a blast, Mal has a great recap including a picture of the devilish cheesecake on a stick that we both ordered for dessert-yum!
So moral of the story(ies): talk to strangers, you never know who you'll meet out there in the world!
The other moral is a personal note to self to keep up with blogging because you love it and have been a really bad blogger since like mid-fall. Boom.