One thing I especially like about myself is my willingness to get out of my comfort zone and branch out.
That is not to say, I do not get the same anxiousness that others do, resulting in cold feet and a missed opportunity.
I have to fight every time. Every time I set my head on my pillow and make mental goals for myself for the next day, it's a fight to get up, and to step away from the warm comforting bed, to tackle the day.
Today, I had coffee with a high school friend. He was my homecoming date and you know, when I started college, I had no close friends with me from high school. I basically started anew, like I did in 5th grade, 6th grade, and 8th grade. For these past 4 years, I have no idea what he has been up to, so when he reached out to me, I was curious and most of all I was open minded to news about his growth. Or the possible lack thereof, who knows? I just didn't want to pin any expectations.
I am really glad I went to meet for coffee. I got to see how the Starbucks had changed over the past few years and had a good conversation with the barista. But more importantly, my friend finally came in and we started to cover ground. There was a lot to cover, but I think we both grew into really open-minded people that just want to experience the diversity of things the world has to offer. That's something that's pretty rare, I've come to find, so I appreciate it a lot.
I was pretty touched that he was sincerely interested in my hobbies and my pursuit to delve into them further.
I have to sincerely give him the award for having the most transformative 4 years I've seen in anybody. He intensely trained in Krav Maga, illustration, Spanish guitar, dabbled in parkour, street dancing (pop and locking), and has really flowered as a social being. He was really forthcoming about him being social any where, whether it be a subway or a coffee shop, and I really respected that. He also, was pretty open about his past relationships and trials and travails with dating. We shared some pretty interesting stories and beliefs about that. :)
I'm glad that talking with him, I realized he wasn't any person I could peg him to be. He really grew a lot and in a direction I couldn't have predicted. Sure, there's the quirkiness that still remains, but people have to keep their charm.