Well, I made it to Prague in one piece. It was a pain in the ass to get to my hostel, so I was therefore immediately grumpy. After a brief exploration, I went to bed early and figured I will really start the next day. That's today. I'll let you know what happens.
I think that my new goal in life is to meet as many people as possible. Not just in passing, but to actually make real friends. I have always admired those special people who can just walk into any room in any given place and immediately make a friend with a complete stranger. What a talent. It shows confidence, friendliness, and personality. All my life, I have tended to be the loner in the corner whenever I was put into new and potentially intimidating surroundings. When with friends, yes, I can be quite the ham. Perhaps too much so. But not with new people. No, I tend to withdraw into my own little twisted mind. But I want to make a conscious effort from now on to be that guy who is unafraid of others. Honestly, nobody is better than anybody else. Just different. Once that is realized, then what harm is it in approaching a stranger? None! Well, that’s not true. They might think you are the “weird guy” who goes around talking to random strangers. Then they might think that I am trying to seduce/extort/proselytize them! Holy crap, what if I am the weird guy? Am I “that” guy!? I have no idea! This started out as a concerned introspective exploration and has rapidly transformed into my usual paranoia concerning the thoughts of others. Dammit.
Oh, breifly: So, I was sitting on the train on my way to Prague. I had just said goodbye to Natalie and Philipp, which was difficult as you can imagine. Just when I am comfortably sitting in my chair, laptop out, headphones on, an extremely elderly lady enters the train and asks if she may sit next to me. Naturally, I invite her to sit down. At the exact moment that her butt hits the cushion, the song “Buttons” came through my headphones. Needless to say, I quickly turned my computer off.