Have you ever heard the phrase, “A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet?” Well, it’s extremely accurate; just think about your very first work friend.
You had no idea who he or she really was or what he or she is like. He or she is just a random person who happens to work at the same company as you. Then, out of nowhere, you begin to make small talk with him or her and you instantly click. From there, the rest is history.
This phenomenon doesn't only apply to friendships, but to relationships in general. To be more specific, I’m talking about romantic relationships.
I’m a huge sap for amazing love stories on how couples first met and their initial interactions. I, personally, have many friends whose stories still give me butterflies, to this day.
My college roommate will be getting married to her college sweetheart this summer. The story of how they met still entertains me, no matter how many times I hear it.
Moreover, I directly witnessed their encounter. My friends and I went out to a bar on a night when none of us were really feeling it. My roommate couldn't decide what to wear, her hair was a mess and she was in a bad mood.
We went to one of the bars where we typically go on the weekends. It was crowded, noisy and really nothing spectacular. But, she locked eyes with a guy standing near us.
As a friend, I did my due diligence and pushed her into him. Neither of them had any idea that this interaction would change their lives forever. In July, she will marry that guy I pushed her into at the bar.
Of course, these types of situations are different, case by case. Not everyone gets a fairy tale ending with the random guy at the bar. But, you never know. And, I didn't know that I would have an encounter of my own with a random guy on the subway, right in the heart of New York City.
Last February, on an unassuming Monday morning, I said hello to a guy who I now know as my boyfriend.
I was standing on the subway platform waiting for the train to take me from Times Square Station to Grand Central Station to go to work. It was an ordinary day. I followed my usual morning ritual, but on this particular day, I deviated from the norm.
I looked to my right and saw a very handsome guy who was also waiting for the shuttle train. My eyes fixated on him and I couldn't stop staring. Eventually, he noticed.
We both entered the train and sat in seats right across from each other. I couldn't stop smiling at him. I felt like an elementary school girl with a crush.
I honestly had not originally planned on taking any action, but through some spark of courage, I decided that I wanted to say hello to him.
I exited the train along with a massive crowd of people around me and kept looking back to see if he was there. I couldn't find him. Immediately, I assumed that this was the extent of our subway encounter.
I stood there with my eyes darting left and right at the people walking past me when suddenly, like a ray of light peering through the crack of a window, I saw his face.
He was walking my way and he stopped right in front of me. I just smiled and said hello. Little did I know that a year later, this man would be my boyfriend.
Now, I’m not encouraging everyone to say hello to every single stranger you meet in hopes of he or she becoming the love of your life. What I am saying is that you never know where an introduction can lead you.
You may find the love of your life or it may be a huge disappointment, but you never know if you never try. After all, love stories all need to start somewhere.