I decided to start a new series under the name “Thankful Thursday”, I don’t promise I’ll keep posting every Thursday, but whenever I feel inspired and thankful I’ll update it again! I have a few things I’m thankful for at the moment in my life that I wanted to share with you which explains why I got the idea.
Fact: I am BAD at meeting people!
Seriously, you know this awkward person that you meet in a group of people, they might look nice or not, but they never talk? That person that when you try to talk to they answer you but the conversation quickly dies because it seems like they are not making an effort to keep the conversation? I’m that person! The one that – under normal circumstances – if I was not introduced to people, if people did not force me to talk, I would happily stay silent for a long time!
I’m 24 years old now, I’ve come to face this fact about myself in my early teenage days. I am not exactly happy about it and I am trying to change it, and I have written many posts before about meeting people while traveling (in fact, traveling, as it pushes me out of my comfort zones and away from my friends, I am forced to meet people and I like that!) But I am still not as sociable as a normal human being should be. I even get sometimes to the point when I doubt myself and my ability in making any friends or being successful in meeting people, and it ends up with posts like this one *a harsh rant on myself*
I’m not that boring when you get to know me…or more like when I get used to you – just saying 😛
Despite all of that, I still meet people! When I first arrived in Sunderland I had only one friend whom I knew from back home, I met two other Egyptian guys, the circle got bigger and I met some of the house mates of my friends, and so on. I met amazing people in England! Then I got a job, and I couldn’t have wished for better colleagues! Even if I don’t get a long with some of them or got annoyed by some thoughts they had, the majority of them are just awesome people!
And just a side note, whoever said that the friends you make while traveling don’t last was lying! This new year I spent it with my friend from Norway, whom I met while walking the Camino de Santiago back in 2011, and who visited me in Egypt in 2012! Even if we reside in different countries, reunions are possible and staying close friends is NOT impossible!
This Thursday, I am thankful for meeting so many amazing people in my life!
Here’s to staying good friends with the people I met, and to meeting many more people that hopefully are as amazing as the friends I already made!