I'm sure we've all heard about how small the world really is. What is it... we know everyone by six people or something. Well, I always thought, "There is no way!" Turns out it's probably very true. So that got me to thinking...
How well do you leave an impression on someone? I was out the other day and ran into a parent of a peer in school. She remembered me very well and I never would have guessed her to even know my name. I only met her once at about 11pm at night. To make a long story short, I was on a school trip and there was a dance and roughly three girls to every boy. I was the first girl asked to dance and danced the night away, with all four of the boys. It was a fun last night to our three week trip. I didn't think anything of it, but always remembered the looks on the other girls faces when I was choosen first and by him. Needless to say I never talked to any of those four boys once back at school, but I thought about all of them often.
Anyway, when I think about that trip, I often wonder what they are up to and I even saw that one of them got married, and and another had a baby in the newspaper. It was the mother who saw me and came over to say, "Hello," where I really started wondering if maybe they thought of me too over the years and most likely even talked about me to their parents.
I wonder what would have happened if we stayed in contact and remained friends once back in school? It's crazy how things could have been so different.
So the moral of this story 13 years later is from now on, I intend on making a better impression on people and letting them know I want to keep in contact. For the most part I'm fairly shy, but I'm working on that. I've let too many possible friends slip through the cracks. It shouldn't take 13 years to teach me something.