When we meet someone for the first time, the first few words exchanged usually steer towards a few common topics. What we do, whether we are married, or have children, and where we live usually quickly define who we are. But rarely ever do we approach strangers with truly defining questions such as “What makes your heart race with eager anticipation or excitement?”, “If money were no object, what would you spend your entire days doing?” and my favorite, “If you were an animal, what would you be and why?” Ok, so the last question is far less impressionable, but you’d be surprised at some of the answers you would get… and the stare, the did-you-just-really-ask-me-that stare; it’s priceless.
Simply asking someone what they do for a living or how they earn their money is only a very small part of who they might be at their core. In some cases, it might just be what they do to earn money to do the things in life that really make them feel alive. And isn’t that answer far more interesting and telling? I like to think so.
In a previous blog, I shared how I came to live in Barbados and what inspired me to start kitesurfing. Little did I know it would take me here, to a moment in time where if asked the first question above, I would proudly and excitedly tell you kitesurfing… and pomegranates; seriously, they are delicious. My answer to the second question would be to sail around the world with my partner in crime and my cat, with fellow KiteSirens along for some rides, kitesurfing, exploring, learning, giving, and sharing every minute of the adventures with all of you. Travelling and kitesurfing with the people I love is hard to beat. For the last question, I would offer you a rebuttal: Guess. That just adds another bucket of fun to such a randomly silly question, which leads to more interesting conversation.
I’ve always reminded myself that life is short, that we are not promised forever. Whatever your answers are to those questions (minus #3), make sure to start, do, go. And the next time you meet a stranger, give these questions a try. They might introduce you to things you have in common, or perhaps, they will just give you a truly beautiful perspective on someone that you would otherwise have never known.
Now don’t be stranger. How would you answer those questions? Has kitesurfing ever crossed your mind? What about kitesurfing in Barbados or anywhere else in the world? We love to hear from our readers, so share your thoughts below.