of strange things…
“There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all”
I have met a lot of interesting folks. I appreciate diversity and respect it immensely. I think if one has an open mind and is willing to accept people with their quirks then more often than not, it is those quirks that become endearing. It happens when strong friendships with radically different people is at the initial stages. It could be curiosity about a person who gives you good vibes but is still decidedly different and difficult to figure out, in ways so strange and weird that it propels you to try to figure out what their deal is. It could be a strong compelling attraction towards a random face in the crowd. It may take the form of a person you have known is a particular role assuming an entire different role in your life. It happens when it seems like someone was sent to you for a reason, for a purpose just when you needed them.
That is a big reason why traveling is so interesting. From warm smiles exchanged with strangers, insightful conversations with neighbors on journeys, stories of the locals of their land and people, you being anonymous and experimenting with feats and ideas, sometimes bringing out your real self who often gets lost in day to day living, sometimes discovering a side of you that you never knew existed, sometimes going undercover and doing things you normally consider questionable.
I think who we become is so much a function of who we’ve met, who we’ve let ourselves accept, who have inspired us, who we left behind, and the kind of people we are about to meet and let ourselves meet. From talking mergers with an Invest Banker on Wall Street, to sharing the offering of a backpacker in Sudder Street, From partying like a teenager and nursing a week long hangover in Miami, to a quiet walk with a struggling poet in Rome, From a meal with a staunch Hindu Italian guy studying Indian religion and Culture in Harvard to listening to the outpourings of a depressed heart broken businessman in London, from the impromptu street performance for the friendly random crowd of strangers in Barcelona to a picnic with old new friends by the Eiffel Tower. From bungee jumping with a random guy in NZ to listening to a closet hippie guitarist(business school student by day) all night in NYC. From the regular meetings we take for granted with our friends to cherishing meeting some close ones when time is short and distance is long..Every person gave me an experience and thus a moment and a memory.
Suddenly it could happen that you have an encounter which becomes such a serendipity that it is the single most interesting person/experience of your life. Like being hit by a moving vehicle, it could strike that suddenly. Something tells you inside that this life as you knew it will never be the same. If you stand back and observe yourself closely, I bet you would see the most surprising and interesting slide show of you and your life changing in slow motion in front of your eyes.
I also discovered that the forbidden fruit has un undeniable irresistible appeal and attraction. This is most true when it comes to people. They become all the more desirable and crucial coz you know you can’t have them. All human traits suddenly get activated and amplified. From thinking of it as an interesting challenge and wanting that trophy screaming victory, to thinking the best and worst about yourself and often seeing a stranger in the mirror, to fighting that devil of envy teasing your otherwise good mind, to the need to possess something that doesn’t belong to you and mark your territory, the temptation to trespass and explore, the kleptomania for stolen moments, the sinner who thinks its worth it for that partner in crime etc. etc.
And once it so happens.. Specially when somehow you have always known you are one of those most interesting and amazing people you know and finally you think you’ve met your match!
P.S. “Though I know I’ll never lose affection.. For people and things that went before.. I know I’ll often stop and think about them..In my life I love you more”