When we meet someone, we immediately create an opinion in our mind. Most of the time, we can decide whether or not we like someone within the first few seconds of meeting them.
But is this impression accurate?
The truth is, it isn't always right. If it was, my best friend would absolutely hate me.
I first met Sarah at a Susquehanna University visit during our senior year of high school. It was on overnight visit, so we we able to spend some time together attending a class and meeting with professors, since we shared the same major.
I had visited the campus a few times before, and had some friends that already attended the school. I knew the graphic design professors, along with a lot of the admissions counselors. Therefore, I knew a lot of people, who all made a point to come see me while I was there.
However, this did not give a good impression to Sarah.
Needless to say, she thought I had a big ego. Which, ok, I can see, given how excited I was to see everyone.
But when I asked her for her Snapchat to keep in touch...
man, if looks could kill.
Her words said "Sure, I'll give you my snap!" But her looks said "I'm never going to talk to you, more or less befriend you."
And for a while, we didn't talk. Until one day, I remember, I was on vacation in Tennessee the summer before going to Susquehanna. I posted a picture of Bristol Motor Speedway on my story, which she commented on, sparking conversation.
The rest is history.
In all reality, we are two very different people. But we bring out the best in each other. And that is so much more than any first impression could have predicted. I drag her to Luke Bryan concerts, she takes me to 5 Seconds of Summer concerts, and we share our differences, and we both enjoy it, simply because we get to share it with each other.
We look back, joking about it now, her telling me about how she went home and told her parents, "Who's this ***** Becky Sebring, and why does she have such an overinflated ego?" But you know what, I don't even care that she thought that about me. Our friendship is worth it.
So here's to us, Sarah, let's prove our first impressions wrong.