Strangers Are Just Friends We Haven't Met Yet

Strangers Are Just Friends We Haven't Met Yet

They Call Me "Gabby Gracey"

This evening my roommates and I made a quick Walmart trip, which was nothing out of the ordinary. We were buying snacks in preparation for our movie night we had planned. As we were walking down the aisle, an elderly woman was walking somewhat slow in front of us, but was of no inconvenience to our slow paced walk as well.

She turned around and said "I'm sorry girls, us old people don't move too quick." We reassured her that we were in no hurry and that she wasn't bothering us at all. She then continued to strike up small talk with us about her age, which is 76, and how she likes messing with teenagers because no one ever believes how old she is, us included.

One conversation lead to another and soon we got on the topic of how she raised her daughter as a single mother and how they both attended Edinboro University as well. The woman told us that of all the places in the world she could live, Edinboro would always be her top choice. She said that the town is full of wonderful people and everyone is so accepting.

Ten minutes had gone by after endless bragging about her daughter and the town before she introduced herself. "My name is Grace by the way. Everyone calls me Gabby Gracey." We laughed and introduced ourselves as well.

When she found out that my name is Sydney, she paused for a long time and looked at me with a blank stare. "My daughter's best friend's name was Cindy, but she died of stomach cancer a week before her 20th birthday." Tears welled up in her eyes and she asked me for a hug. I gladly accepted and told her how very sorry I was for her loss.

The topic quickly changed to religion, and how she attended mass on Saturday evening's because she thought of herself as a "night owl." When I excitedly agreed that I, myself, am a night owl, she reached in for another hug. "Strangers are just friends we haven't met yet," she said. I smiled, and told her how nice it was to meet her and wished her a good night. She replied with the same, and waved goodbye as she disappeared down the aisle.

It's amazing the kind of impact a friendly conversation with a stranger can have on your life. In a world full of people who are too distracted by their chaotic lives to say hello to a stranger and make a new friend, don't be afraid to be a Gabby Gracey.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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People don't give high school enough credit for having the ability to shape your life. It can build you or it can break you and often times there is no in between. As I enter into my senior year of college I have reflected a lot on my college career and how it really has been the best years of my life up to this point, but I know that without a doubt my life would have been so different in I would have known these things as a high schooler.

1. Your life is valuable

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Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. - Song of Solomon 2:7

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