Since I now own a sweet 1991 Pioneer stereo with a turntable, I felt that my Chicago and About Last Night soundtrack purchases were wise investments. Meanwhile, S bought another record that she couldn't play. But it's cool, not only because buying unusable things is a bit awesome, but also because I feel like S put some thought into inviting me to the record store. That's how she's been since I met her. She has thought of me, my happiness and well-being, even when it might have been to her own detriment, even when it wasn't easy, convenient, or perhaps even logical. Shit happens though, so it appears that now might be the time for her to start putting less thought into others and more into herself. For what it's worth, S, I support "it", no matter what "it" is. Be awesome.
I approach my encounters with my Facebook friends along this journey in the same manner. I haven't seen a lot of these folks in nearly 20 years, so if I do have expectations, they are nearly always not met. People surprise me and, at least during this trip, it has always been for the better.
Such is the case with E. At one point during our conversation, she asked why I had chosen to visit her. My simple reply was because I thought she would be interesting. As it turns out, I was right, but what ended up being the point of interest for me was not at all what I thought it would be.
If you haven't yet heard, E and her partner, G, just might be making the world a better place. To me, that was great to hear. I prefer a better world over a world that sucks. Hopefully, you do too. For me, it's easy to get overwhelmed when thinking of helping others. There is so much to do, so much assistance needed by so many people. E helped me remember that I am not alone in this process. There are tons of good people that want to help, and this knowledge provides me with some bit of comfort. E also helped me remember that, even if one person can't save the world, they can save one person. That is powerful. Right now, I have the power, you have the power, to drastically change a person's life. And if enough people start doing this, together, perhaps we can change the world.
Different people allow me to know different amounts of them. Whatever the level of knowing they provide with me is fine, but it's also interesting to see. I'm not sure if the person that never introduces me to any of her family or never lets me come over to her house acts in this manner because of me, or if it's just her thing, or if it's a combination of both.
In the end, and like most things in life, it probably does not matter. Yet, that doesn't prevent me from being touched when somebody, for whatever reason, accepts me into their home without any sort of reservations. I wasn't sure what to expect when arriving at D and M's house. I hadn't seen D for about 20 years, but that didn't stop him from having me over for bible study, making me feel comfortable in his home, and introducing me to his entire family. I don't know what it is, but I feel like that is something. Perhaps it was the feeling of knowing that, had I asked them if I could move into their home for a month, they would have put some serious consideration into the request. In the future, I hope that I can be that sort of friend to others, to make them feel completely welcome and at ease, and to make them feel wanted and appreciated.