There I was in rural India, getting out of a tuk tuk, about to meet a stranger. Finding the McDonald’s, I saw a face that vaguely resembled Deep’s profile picture. Who is this guy? Should I have just stayed at the hotel?
And then I walked over, and I said “hello”.
There is magic in hello.
I want you to close your eyes and take a deep breath. Bring to mind a close friend of yours. When did the two of you first say hello?
Now open your eyes. That was one hello. You’ll have around 100,000 of them during your life.
Some are empty comments as you pay for fuel or awkward remarks with people you meant to avoid. Others lead to love, heart break, or exclamations like “no way, I thought it was just me”. And while some hellos last for a second, others linger for a lifetime.
What if, for a moment, you and I assumed that this was all OK? Because While what comes after the Hello is unknown, I do know something… I know that if each hello was a square on a lottery ticket, the company running the lottery would go bankrupt.
Why? Because when you scratched off the resin, underneath every single square you would find depth, beauty and inspiration.
And there’s a saying that when you truly listen, all the noise disappears.
I didn’t hear anything else in that McDonald’s except for Deep’s voice. I realised in that moment that we were different, but also the same. Our hello led to exploring the local markets, waking up at 2am to head to the mountains, and even singing Imagine while we navigated traffic.
And now, it’s your turn to say hello. When you scratch off the resin, lean in expecting magic. On the other side of hello, anything is possible.
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First connections will happen on June 18th when Hello, Stranger launches. Trying to work out a process to automate them, until that point I will manually send out email introductions. If you can help with the automation, reach out to me (andrew AT hellostranger.fm)