YES, IT’S awkward. The first few lines matter. But the ineluctable element is surprise. And we all love surprises.
It’s when you see a familiar face on a train, on a bus, in a mall, or at an airport. You ask yourself again and again if you’ve not mistaken. Aware that the only way to get to the bottom of things is to inquire, you look at him or her in the eyes. It’s a risky move. You can either feel like you just saw each other yesterday, like nothing has changed, or the years of the absence of communication took a toll in your bond and you became strangers.
It’s worth giving a try. Because the laughters and tears that have been shared in the past can never be replaced or altered. Experiences can never be erased. What if it’s a restart for both of you? What if it’s a spark for your lives to be reconnected? Approach him or her and discover for yourself if the line is still there. Let the motors of curiosity flow in your veins.
I still remember how I took a chance on an old friend standing just few feet away from me on a running train one day.
I approached her and asked: “Hi. How are you?”
With fascination, she responded: “Great! It’s nice to see you again…”
And the unuttered stories revealed themselves and engulfed us at that moment with hope, joy, and inspiration.