Perhaps this is a rant or perhaps it is a series of casual observations that have manifested into cause for a blog post. Regardless of the reason, these words interrupted my sleep and wanted to be written.
Each one of us has a collection of friends that is as diverse as the hues throughout the color spectrum. And although we tend to gravitate to like-minded individuals, there are always the few friends that add the spice to our lives – those people who share similar interests but sometimes deviate so far from our idea of normal behavior that we simply shake our heads and wonder why.
During my 44 years on this revolving Earth I have met a myriad of characters – it comes with the territory when you work in hospitality. But I have only experienced a few people who live their life by one simple standard.
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Every story ever told seems to pale in comparison to what this person has experienced. If you have faced medical issues, they have narrowly escaped amputation. If you were in a car accident, they were extracted from an accordion, that used to be a vehicle, by two fire departments using the jaws of life. You will never have one experience in your life that this person has not endured more suffering under the same circumstance. There is no conceit involved. They don’t ever claim to be the best at anything in their life, but they most definitely have encountered every situation in a more personal and more painful way.
Over the years I have learned how to spot these people fairly quickly. They don’t tend to hide in a crowd for long and I have learned to limit my conversation about any personal issues for fear of hearing another calamity that is monstrous compared to my story.
Perhaps during my next encounter with one of these people I will suggest that they should live in a bubble!