Oh the places you’ll go and the people you’ll meet…
You never know who you’re going to meet, or how meeting them will impact you.
Hannah, the girl in the picture above, is one of my best friends my college and was one my roommates my sophomore year.
When we first met, neither of us predicted we would be best friends.
We met during orientation weekend, the summer before our freshman year. I was sad that I was spending so much time out of town that summer and missing out on time I could be spending with my high school friends. This led my introverted self to not feel extraordinarily social… I was not looking to meet my future best friends that weekend.
Hannah, on the other hand, is the definition of an extroverted, social, friendly person. She walked up to me with big hair, big earrings, and a bright t-shirt to match her bright smile and introduced herself. (everything is actually bigger in Texas, I discovered.) We both walked away from that introduction thinking we would never be friends.
I thought, “Whoa. She is just too much for me.”
She though, “Wow. She’s sort of anti-social and kind of rude.”
We both thought, “We’ll never be friends.”
Fast forward to Welcome Week in August: we were the only two people each other recognized.
After that week, Hannah and my friendship was solidified- even with our different personalities. I think I spent more time in her dorm room than my own. We lived together, with two other amazing roommates, our sophomore year and stayed friends throughout life’s adventures: studying abroad, living across the country, getting full time jobs (hallelujah!) and getting married.
I love the story of our friendship. It’s the perfect example of the fact that you never know who you are going to meet, what their story is, and how meeting them will impact your life’s story.