Alan and I were paired for the challenge 7 “getting to know your other” exercise. This past week, I enjoyed sitting down with him and exploring our differences. For starters, Alan and I are at very different points in our lives. In a few weeks, I will be closing the book on the college chapter of my life. Alan, on the other hand, is a freshmen, and is still discovering what he wants out of his time at k-state. On a much deeper level, we differ with regards to our beliefs about God. While we both agree that there is a higher power out there, one of us is an Agnostic, while the other is a Christian. I may not see eye to eye with Alan on the topic of faith, but I appreciated his honesty and openness. While these differences were fun to discuss, the unexpected highlight of our conversation for me was finding things we had in common. For starters, I really connected with how Alan values music- not just on a casual consumer level, but as a musician who plays 8 (yes, you read that right) different instruments! Similarly, playing music is one of my deepest passions (I only play four instruments though...). In addition, Alan and I found that we have some of the same weaknesses. We both have a tendency to procrastinate and sometimes struggle with being disorganized. However, on a more positive note, both of us have (in my opinion) a very healthy perspective on what’s important in life-i.e., people over things. We particularly connected on the idea of how a real friend is someone you can go without seeing for a long time, but pick things up right where you left off when you’re reunited. .
In conclusion, Alan and I are definitely different in many ways. However, the fact that we could sit down and have an enjoyable, friendly talk about those differences was really encouraging to me. It made me think that I’ve possibly missed out on lots of great conversations, and maybe even friendships, by writing off others because of their differences. That’s not a mistake I want to make going forward! #anth101 #anth101challenge7 #carlyfri1030