Whether you’re a social butterfly or a social moth, making a new friend feels like scoring that extra bag of Bugles that falls from the vending machine when you only put in enough money for one. Kick off the New Year by making as many new friends with complete strangers as possible. You MUST have proof. Take a picture with each new pal. Trust me, you’ll cherish these photos once you get past the awkwardness of asking a stranger to “say cheese!”
Okay, so your open book version:
Snap more pics when you're hanging with your BFFs.
That's it! So easy. Yet so hard. Yeah, yeah...in this new(ish) Facebook era people post pics like it's their job (a very unchallenging job), but more often than not these photos are only taken at big events or the subject of said pics is a hamburger. Why not just take a nice photo of you and your BFF on the couch? Not to show off how great your couch is, but so you have a photo that you'll treasure in 20 years.
To celebrate Shelly this week (and to make up for writing such a sad chapter about this week in the book...yeah, looking at you chapter 16), I've been sorting through tons of Shelly photos and posting them on facebook. As I flipped through photo after photo of her embracing people with all her heart, it made me wonder if I had photos like that. Long answer short, "not really." Sure, I don't have 4,672 friends like she did, but I do have a pretty awesome circle of friends and sadly, in the yearbook of life, a few of them would be "not pictured." UNACCEPTABLE!
I got started last night with my friend Kelly. We were eating dinner together and I pulled out the dreaded camera. We both groaned in that "we're too old for this shit" kind of way and then took this picture:
So don't forget, make at least ONE new friend with a stranger! But also, snap pics with your current friends and send them my way: firstname.lastname@example.org.