met this couple when I went to the Bluesfest last year. They were also waiting for Conor Oberst to perform and struck up a conversation. They’re both Australian students who’ve been backpacking around North America for a year. After telling me that they plan on going back to my city, I gave them my e-mail and said that if they needed someone to show them around the city, I’d be more than happy to.
We met up and though my mother forbid me from going to their apartment, ended up sitting in there, talking. It was so interesting to hear their opinions, as we share many of them, and as I found myself agreeing with things and offering my own experiences as evidence, I realized that the person I was showing them was 100% who I am.
This is a dedication to strangers, for the wonderful connection that you can feel with them and for their ability to bring out one of the realest versions of “you”.