I have come to realize recently that with all the twists and turns that that my life’s journey has taken thus far, across languages and cultures and countries near and far, the thing that remains ever constant in my life are amazing human connections. Though many miles (and even more kilometers) separate me from the vast majority of my soul mates, I live in constant gratitude for the connections I have made.
I’ve been ruminating on connection a lot lately, and something in the back of my brain keeps bringing me back to Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point. One thing that clearly stood out to me in his book was his classification of people as: mavens,salespeople, and connectors. In a nutshell, the mavens are the ones who gather and distribute information, the salespeople are the charismatic persuasive negotiators, and the connectors know and introduce lots of people.
Let’s just say that, at the core of my being, I am a connector. I know a lot of people.
I also LIVE for connection. I live to make connections, and more importantly to sustain them. Therefore, I am not only a connector, I am a communicator.
One remarkable thing I have manifested for myself is a multitude of real, deep and intimate connections with a variety of friends and strangers alike. I have met amazing people on trains, planes and buses. On little French street corners and on Spanish hiking trails. I’ve met people in bars, coffee shops, yoga classes, clothing stores, lecture halls and dance floors. Each connection life altering in its own way.
Once we’ve met, I am never the same person again.
I have moments (like I am currently having) when I feel a total sense of awe and wonder at all the incredible people I have attracted into my life. How lucky could a girl get?! All these people who are filled to the brim and boiling over with passion! Passion to change the world, to be leaders, and communicators, and educators, entertainers and healers. Each with their own different and unique enthusiasm; people who believe deeply in the power of food, and technology, the great outdoors, yoga, spirituality, social justice, travel,street art, music, improv comedy, language learning, dance, lyrical poetry …and the beat goes on.
Being a connector/communicator, I do weird things like make lists of people I haven’t talked to in a while. I send songs on Spotify, emails and text messages. I also indulge in lengthy phone conversations and especially Skype video calls.
Because to me, it is incredibly important to sustain relationships with the people I know and love; they are my motivation and my mirror. They push me to be the best possible me, and remind me that I am already the best possible me. They uplift me, they enlighten me, they illuminate me.
So whether it is a 2 a.m. Skype date or an e-mail or a road trip or even a positive vibe that bridges the physical distance between us, our connection makes my soul sing, my feet dance and my heart leap.
If it has been a while (and even if it hasn’t been), I would love to hear from you.
LOTS OF LOVE,