Someone once told me that you can love every person you meet. Your goal should be to figure out what you love about them. So I took the challenge with the 6 people I met when I traveled to Mexico last week. On the very first night I told the others about my blog and my plans to write a book some day. Though I liked the idea of teasing them that I would share exaggerated embarrassing stories, I will save those for my book. I promised to change their names for privacy, though...
Though "love" is a strong word, it wasn't hard to find qualities in each one of them that I admire. I don't know if our paths will ever cross again...we live in different parts of the country..but for 5 days these were people that touched my life. Here are the things I found that I "loved" about my little Cancun family.
*The thoughtful way she got me a birthday card and all of us surprise gifts before we left
*Her energy. I still can't believe how chipper she was the morning after "the night of illness"
*Her friendliness. She treats every person she meets like her new best friend
*Her free spirit. From her laugh to her excitement over making bracelets, she has the playfulness of a child that we all need from time to time.
*Her New York-don't-mess-with-me attitude.
*Those dreamy eyes.
*The way he understood the meaning and importance of the "birth minute" right away. I'll be thinking of him every day at 5:22. (or was it 5:24??)
*The time we bonded as partners when playing ping-pong...especially when in "the zone"...oh and he is awesome at cup-flipping, too!
*The way he humors me, playing along with my "dating advice" when, obviously he knows more than I ever will about the subject
*The way he can give me a hard time, tell me he's kidding, give me hard time, tell me he's kidding in a comforting cyclical pattern.
*His salsa skills, especially when lounging pool-side, "flirting" with...not sure who....
*The way he can ride the waves, beating out those college kids any day
*His smile, hiding behind the "angry-looking" camera face.
*The trace of the Iranian accent leftover from his childhood that adds to his mystique
*The fact that he plays games as much as I do despite our initial conversation where he claimed to the contrary. (Of course, we were talking about "dating games" then...)
*Her beauty...though I will never be able to capture the extent of it on the camera, no matter how much I try.
*Her spirituality. She clearly has a strong faith which is something I greatly admire and respect.
*Her playfulness. Whether it be jumping through the waves or a game of ping-pong(both winning or losing!), she plays for fun
*Her subtle mischievous inner-child: That little smirk she gets on her face after the fib about the "foot massage"
*Her health. She's a walking nutrition-label! She probably knows all the vitamins and anti-oxidant level of every food there is. And if her body had a nutrition label, it would rival the most sought-after super-multi-vitamin in existence.
* Her openness - though I did not get to talk to her much, she seemed to be the type of person who was genuine...what you see is what you get.
* Her hair - Very shiny and blond
* Her sense of adventure - Unlike me, she had no problems deciding what to do or where to go. She seems to be someone that knows what she wants and goes out and gets it
* Her risk-taker attitude - Though I'm guessing on this one, I get the sense she is a risk-taker and lives each day to the fullest
* Her easy-going nature and positive attitude - This goes along with her openness and friendliness.
* Her beautiful eyes
* Her voice. Though I didn't get to hear it, she likes to sing...something I've always wanted to do myself.
* Our shared birthday and our common goal to celebrate.
* Her assertiveness...she says what's on her mind and does not give in to peer pressure.
* Her sense of style..whether it be in a cowboy hat and denim dress or sexy bathing suit, she had a fashion sense that tells me she'll look good where-ever she goes.
These will be the characters for the February '08 chapter of my "book", which I think I will title: "Eat, Pray, Love, but Never Sleep". Some ideas for sub chapters are:
* The Salsa Dance Double Date that Ended at the Drugstore
* Are They Gay?
* The Head Games of The Mayan and Don't You Know Dead Children Don't Cry?
* The Yellow Yucatan dress that Saved the Mexican Economy
* Allen's Near Death Experience or In Search of Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation
* The Art of Cup-Flipping
* Turning 48 and Passing for 70 (This one is already written in my "Finding Love at 48" blog entry)
* How Many Travel Agents Does it Take to Book an Excursion?
Coming in 2009 to a bookstore near you!