So I had the weirdest thing happen today. I saw two people and I had a “second first impression” of them. I don’t know how else to describe it. They were both people who I used to see on a regular basis. It was just really weird I guess to see them again. More so I guess to realize that they were different from how I remembered them. Not in that they had changed… just the situation had changed. I wasn’t still stuck under my first impression of them, I was far enough removed from that context to see them in a whole new light. Does that make sense? I’m starting to realize that my first impressions of people are almost always much cooler than the person actually is. That statement is going to get me in trouble so let me explain. I don’t mean cooler as in more likeable than they really are… but as in the “cool” kids, type of cool. The kind of person who everyone would think of as cool, too good for other people, part of the “in” crowd, etc. Generally later I figure out that they are cooler than I think, as in more likeable and fun to be around… I’m not so much into the whole “in” crowd thing. Has anyone else experienced what I’m talking about? It seems like it’s been happening to me a lot lately. Especially with friends coming home from missions. Another one was several months ago I got to go in and visit the dance teacher I had worked for in high school. It was SO trippy. I don’t know how else to explain it. I don’t know whether it’s because I had changed, or they had changed, or just the situation had changed. Anyways it’s just weird. It makes me wonder whether my friendships with different people would have been completely different under different circumstances. I also wonder what people’s first impressions are of me. I wonder how much differently two different people can see the same person. How much different are we at our most basic level?
Anyways, lots of questions that I just don’t have the answers to. Just some thoughts that I had and needed to share.
Willy Wonka: “I’m sorry, I was just having a flashback.”
Mr. Salt: “I see.”
Mr. Teavee:`”These flashbacks happen often?”
Willy Wonka: “Increasingly… today.”