During the first two years of college, I used public transit to commute. Classes started at 7AM, the bus started at 5:50AM and exactly at 6:00AM, a girl would board the bus and get down at the same stop as me. Eventually, we did start sitting together and got to know each other.
But one fine day, she stopped boarding the bus and so did I, and I didn’t mind it until one fine day, I started thinking about what could have happened to her. I still wonder what would have happened if she had still remained a stranger to me. The inevitable ‘what if?‘
Often it happens that we come across certain people every day– your neighbour whom you’ve never talked to, the guy who goes jogging at the same time as you, the girl who sits by the park bench at the same time every single day, the little kid that you’ve silently watched grow up from a distance.
Life presents us with multiple opportunities to get to know them. We either take it or we don’t. But how crazy is it that the strangers come across every day become familiar somehow? Maybe you’ve exchanged glances or smiles at some point, but you still don’t know who they are and what their stories could be.
So today, when you’re done reading this, take a few minutes and think about the familiar strangers in your life. Think about how even though you’ve never talked to them, they’re a part of your routine in an extremely ridiculous way. Lives intertwine in so many weird ways, we might just be surprised someday.
Since this month is about exploring friendships, no matter what kind, let’s try to become a little more familiar with these familiar strangers in our lives.
Who knows? We might even end up with a really good friend!
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