Hi All! I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures in California with my family! If you have not gotten the chance to, I recommend checking out my series of blog posts, Exploring California!
Every day we pass people. In the car, at the store, at work. Everywhere we go there are always new people. Have you ever taken a step back and thought to yourself:
“Who are these people? What is their story?”
Not every interaction we have is pleasant or one we would like to remember, but the spontaneity of meeting new people is one of the greatest gifts life has to offer.
You never know who you are going to meet.
On my recent travels I experienced this scenario. One of the best parts about traveling is the opportunity to meet some of those extraordinary people in the world. One of the lasting memories I’ll have are the kind and selfless characters I encountered on my journey, and I ‘d like to share those stories with you!
Luther & Christine
My dad and I boarded the plane, searched for the nearest seats and settled down. Sitting next to total strangers. Little did we know those strangers would soon become great friends.
As in any situation, we created small talk with our new neighbors on our dreaded 6 hour plane ride. As we ascended into the sky our conversation escalated, beginning to learn more and more about the original ‘strangers’ we sat beside. But they were no longer strangers, they were Luther and Christine.
Luther and Christine were traveling to California to venture down the Pacific Highway stopping at various destinations along their journey. They were celebrating their wedding anniversary.
This couple was so incredibly sweet. They shared stories about their lives, as my dad and I reciprocated. Lost in our conversations and laughs, before we knew it our flight was beginning to descend.
My dad and I choose two random seats on that airplane. It was by pure coincidence we met Luther and Christine, but I’m glad we did. It’s so rare anymore to have such memorable interactions with people like Luther and Christine. That is why I will cherish the time we had and the opportunity to meet and learn about a truly incredible couple.
I always enjoy finding a take away message from every interaction I have with new people. Luther said something so simple yet so meaningful; always be nice to one another, because one day it will come back to you.
It was a statement that stuck with me, and one I plan to continue to live by. Be nice to one another my friends! It’s amazing how meaningful the simplest things can be!
Ernie & Paula
One night my family and I was sitting in our hotel room trying to decide on what to do for the remainder of the evening. My dad and I decided to take a spontaneous venture down to the lobby.
We came across a sign about complementary appetizers at the bar. (you know where we immediately headed) While we were over at the bar scoping for these appetizers we began to talk with the bar tender along with another patron at the bar.
What started out as some simple small talk turned into an all night conversation.
We sat at the bar for hours learning about about one another and sharing countless stories and experiences we’ve had in life.
Ernie was a well educated man, an infectious disease physician. Paula, his wife was also in the healthcare field. The couple had the opportunity to travel the world, and experience all sorts of cultures.
Ernie worked 7 days a week for 30 years straight, allowing him to retire at the unseen age of 55. Retiring early allowed him to support his wife through her career moving from state to state.
These two individuals were miraculous, living a phenomenal life right out of a fairytale.
Their values and outlooks on life were amazing. They were just personal, down to earth humans. I could have sat and talked with them for forever.
I love how a spontaneous adventure, with no expectations turned into such a wonderful opportunity; one we would have missed had we just stayed in our room for the evening.
It is incredible the amount of knowledge and appreciation you can gain through a simple conversation with one individual.
This experience inspired to take advantage of any opportunity I am handed to communicate with others and learn about their experiences and point of view on life. There were a million and one places we could have been than the hotel lobby bar, but without being there and sparking our conversation, I would never have learned what I had, nor gained the new relationship with Ernie and Paula.
My take away message from Ernie was; traveling is the best form of education a person can receive.
I could not agree with this more! I intend to take advantage of any opportunity I have to travel and experience some place new. There is so much to learn from our great wide world.
If you’ve ever met any incredible people, at spontaneous times throughout your life I would love to hear your story! Feel free to comment below or shoot me a message!