Day 04: Making A New Friend

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November 04, 2018

What’s the challenge?

Getting out of my comfort zone by making a new friend

Why is this challenging for me?

Back on October 1st, I moved to a new city. In the 5 weeks that I’ve been here, I’ve cordially introduced myself to my neighbors and spent maybe all of 15 minutes talking to them! Other than that, I’ve done absolutely nothing to put myself out there and try to meet new people!

To quote OneRepublic in their song Connection, “If there's so many people here, then why am I so lonely?”

“The sooner you step away from your comfort zone, the sooner you'll realize that it wasn't really all that comfortable.”

— Eddie Harris ✨

How was the experience?

So I’m a runner and soon after moving here, I settled into the same route that I love to run at least 4 days a week! There’s another woman who I see walking virtually every day that I’m out there. Sometimes she’s going the other direction and we pass with a simple nod, sometimes she’s in front of me and I simply run around her to keep going on my way!

Today, I knew it was time to change that. I honestly felt a little nervous when I rounded a corner and saw her walking ahead of me! But this time, instead of passing her by, I slowed down and walked with her! She looked a little surprised at first, but I started things off by saying “You know, I’ve been wanting to introduce myself to you for weeks now and I figured today was the day! So hi, I’m Casey!”… to which she flashed the biggest smile I could imagine, extended her hand, and said “That’s awesome, I’m Robin and it’s about time!”. 🤣

I don’t take my phone with me on my runs, just my Apple Watch, or else I totally would have snapped a selfie with her! But what I can tell you is that we proceeded to walk together for about 15 minutes to chat about everything from the weather to the Seahawks to what we do for a living! Once the initial nerves wore off, I was able to chat with her like we’d known each other for ages!

It was a great morning and really changed my perspective on how easy it can be to open myself up to making new friends!