If you had been following along recently, Will’s best friend Eddie helped to organize a surprise for Will to have me magically appear in DC. He helped find a last minute Friday night flight into Baltimore, and all I had to do was find a way to DC, and meet up with them wherever they were that night. Unfortunately the train times weren’t great, and Uber’s $45 trip seemed the best (though I’d love for that to have been cheaper).
Flash forward to the over-crowded Spirit terminal on that Friday night, just as I was weaving my way to the outlet for a last minute phone charge, I overheard a similar conversation I had been having with Eddie earlier. There was a girl about my age, and it was clear she was also trying to get to DC! To me, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to have a great travel companion for the quick half hour drive over (who knew it was that quick?!)
I poked my head around the corner, apologized for interrupting her phone call, and filled her in on Uber, and that I’d be happy to split the fair with her. We just so happened to be going to a very similar part of the city, and we agreed to make the trip together. We realized that we had both moved to Boston from the midwest, and had graduated within a year of one another. Our conversation continued as we deplaned, found our Uber driver, and quickly got to chatting with him as well. After ensuring that our phones were fully charged, and that we had our choice of music, he joined in the conversation and told us all about his career, and we quizzed one another on different words that we use (Team pop over soda!) We exchanged phone numbers to stay in touch, and as we left the airport Monday night in Boston on the same return flight, agreed to get together soon.
Yesterday, Avanti and I enjoyed sitting outside on Newbury with some coffee, tea, sunshine, and good conversation. After a whole lot of great looking gelato/macaroon cones went walking by, we popped down the street and tried Amorino. If that cone isn’t convincing enough, I think we’d both highly recommend it, and planned to go back for their waffles one weekend morning!
We chatted a lot about what it’s like to be living in a new city and what it can teach you. We both agreed that the phrase “dating for friends” is all too relatable. When you’re new, whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, it takes so much energy and vulnerability to put down Netflix (Sex and the City is on Amazon Prime right now…) get dressed, and go meet up with someone you’re not sure will end up being a friend or not. We agreed that you learn to appreciate alone time more, and you also learn that you don’t need a ton of friends, but it’s worth waiting for the friends that really resonate with you.
So next time you’re in an Uber, an airport, or wandering around a place that is new to you, don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with someone. Maybe they are talking about something that catches your attention, wearing your favorite sports team clothing, or really anything else. Not every time will that conversation extend beyond that moment, it might just be a quick connection, but sometimes, as I learned from my Uber trip, they can also turn into a friend.