I used to marvel at the likelihood of meeting a kindred spirit in a world that spins round with nearly 7 billion people. Lately, however, the experience of meeting someone new and quickly feeling like I’ve known them forever and always is becoming… dare I say, normal? There seems to be many more kindred spirits than I ever imagined – perhaps I wasn’t looking in the right places before?
Or maybe we get better at identifying similar souls as we grow older? Our personalities solidify and then we attract people that recognize shared interests and values? What do you think? Does finding kindred spirits become easier as we age?
Perhaps it’s something unconnected to age? When I think about bonds that formed quickly, I can usually find a shared experience or unique interest that helped to solidify the friendship. I’ve met close friends while traveling abroad and starting new ‘life-stages’ and moving to foreign places. Sometimes its been as simple as happening upon a ‘you too!?’ moment in the middle of an otherwise ordinary conversation.
And now, having pondered the connection between kindred spirits, age, and shared experience, I wonder what role location plays in the equation? Do kindred spirits gravitate toward similar places where running into one another is not only possible, but likely?
Kindred spirits were on my mind yesterday as I cut and stitched and sewed fabric of navy and pink into a new spring outfit. You see my bucket list picture just above? It’s the top of a suitcase that Jon and I used as a guestbook at our wedding. We each listed 3 things that we wanted to do as individuals, and then we asked people to help us build our ‘married bucket-list.’
The third item on my individual bucket list was to sew a dress. My mother-in-law gave me a sewing machine for Christmas, and ever since I’ve been doing little projects to prepare myself for the project. I’m not gifted enough just yet, but I am getting pretty close: today I sewed a scarf and shorts.
What do you think? Should I try a dress next, or should I continue the baby steps and do a skirt?