Him: “Are you here with a friend?”
Me: “No, I came by myself.”
Him: “That’s brave.”
It’s interesting how differently people can view something. The guy I was talking to had several friends at the meeting, while I was just by myself. I went by myself out of necessity, and just to experience something new. I want to meet new people and do new things, if I brought someone with me (if I had anyone to bring with me), we probably would not have branched out much.
I didn’t look at it as anything special, it was just something I had to do to achieve an end. I wanted to go to the meeting, so I went. Who cares if someone else will come with me? Isn’t that why other people are there?
That’s not to say that I wasn’t nervous before the meeting. Because I was. But I wouldn’t let the lack of a companion stop me from doing something I want to do.
Ironically, he viewed me as brave while I saw myself as somewhat of a “loner”.
Even though I went by myself, I ended up having a great time. I met a lot of cool people, and danced with some really great leads. I even saw people who I knew or recognized from last year’s classes. One of the benefits of being a second year now is that I am not only more familiar with the campus, but I also know more people. We may not be close, but I can approach someone saying, “Hey, weren’t you in my Bio class last year?”. And more than likely we can strike up a little conversation.
Overall, I’m growing even just a little bit. And I’m looking forward to branching out even more. By going to the club every week, hopefully I will get to know the regulars and make a couple more friends. That would be nice 🙂 Plus, since it is a dancing club, sometimes they go out as a group and that seems like it would be a fun evening.
Here’s to taking risks and enjoying yourself!