Yesterday night, I was about to get home and every night before I finally get there I stop and talk to the security guard. Yes where I live currently at my friend’s place there is a security guard.
Bourgeoisie: I know.
But, I always make a point of stopping and talking to the people that work there because I see how so many of people that live there just drive right on through without giving a fuck to the people who work there everyday who actually keep their neighborhood safe. You would think these people would be a bit more thankful wouldn’t they? Anyways I know almost all of the guards by name now and we always catch up and talk about our days when I come in.
Yesterday I was talking to Julie about what had happened over my weekend and she was telling me about hers. She works hard. She’s only 18 years old and working two jobs full time. She has an impressive work ethic, and she doesn’t have to work that much, but she does. I really respect her drive. Anyways we chat a lot when I pull up and many cars that are coming in just go around mine as Julie waves them in.
Then this one blue Audi with blacked out windows passes me. I look at those and just say
“that’s illegal tint.”
I look at Julie and ask who that is as she knows all the residents of the neighborhood by name. She says his name was Ryan and then I instantly knew who it was. It was an old friend of mine that I went to school with! I say keep smiling Julie and I’ll see you tomorrow. I gas my car and chase Ryan down.
When I pull up next to him he had no idea what was going on and who I was and then I asked him if he remembered me. He couldn’t place it right away but when I said “Nolan” he went nuts. The two of us got out and caught up for hours. Turns out both of us had done car sales, he still does them actually at Audi currently. I went inside and met up with his folks too as I hand’t seen them in a long time and turns out his father plays golf with my boss at work.
What an even smaller world.
After more talking, finally I went up the street and headed to bed, and I fell asleep in a good state of mind. It was really nice to catch up with an old friend and further to find out that we were even more connected than I thought. It really is strange how small the world is and how moments like this can happen if you just talk to people.
Had I never decided to talk to the guards everyday I would not have met Julie and I would never have known that my friend Ryan was back living in the area.
But thankfully I did.
So cheers to the small world that we all live in, and I highly encourage you to seize those moments when there is a chance to reconnect with someone from your past, you don’t get those too often, and you never know what might come of them in the long run.
You just might make a new old friend.