First Impressions…

It’s a little different in person than online. Sometimes when you meet a person, you just feel off, and sometimes it’s a really good idea to listen to that feeling. Sometimes you feel like you’ve known them for lifetimes, and it’s good to listen to that too.

Online, however, first impressions can be completely off base. Just because the first time you interact with someone, you’re on opposite sides of a debate, that doesn’t mean that you won’t have things in common. It doesn’t mean you can’t become dear friends. Sometimes the first time you interact with someone is on a friend’s post and you agree with everything they say… but when you talk one on one, you realize that maybe that one thing was all you had in common.

I know most people know this, but I want to bring it up because I want to remind you to give people a chance when your first thought is, “Omg, what is wrong with this asshole?” Leave your mind open enough to be surprised by the kindness or empathy or complete and total dedication to the same fandoms … We are all multi-faceted.

I am not saying to let people disrespect you, or to ignore insults and attacks… I am just saying that a disagreement can forge a friendship if you let it.

~Brutally Honest Eccentric~

3 thoughts on “First Impressions…”

  1. Like you say, Melissa, your instincts can generally be trusted. My daughter deals with social anxiety, and getting Brandie, our rescue beagle 2 years ago was a very good thing for her as well as the rest of the family. We live next to a park with a nice walking trail, and other folks frequently walk their dogs there also. Brandie is really good about meeting new people, and generally her reaction is, “Hi! I love you!” But there have been times when there will be a person sitting on one of the benches, just looking generally questionable. Every now & then, Brandie will stop walking and start that low, rumbling growl, just enough for my daughter to hear. That’s when they turn and go another direction. If my dog doesn’t like you, well, it’s going to be hard to convince me otherwise.

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    1. I definitely feel that in person first impressions can be important. I have definitely walked away from getting to know people simply because of the way my stomach tied itself in knots upon meeting them… I feel online, that type of intuition can be off though, and that it can be important to give someone a second chance because we can’t feel a tone of voice through a computer šŸ™‚

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