It's a Small World After All

Updated: Aug 4, 2019

Dublin, oh my dear Dublin. I can't describe the feeling of walking along the river in Dublin. Something about it feels so familiar. Now, I've only visited Dublin two times in my life and yet, it feels so normal.

I mean, look at it! It's beautiful!

So my first night in back in Dublin, I was my same of creature of habit and went to Darkey Kelly's for a Guinness and a Bulmers. I sat down on the same side of the bar that Colleen and I had frequented almost exactly two years prior.

About an hour into my visit, the elderly man next to me leaned over and asked "are you here on Holiday?", I told him I was and also for work. We chatted for a few more minutes before he asked if I had been here before. Long story short, we had met two years ago in this exact same spot. He remembered me, he remembered Colleen.

It was in that moment that I realized how small the world is. I felt this sense of home sitting next to him, drinking pints of Bulmers and doing my best to understand his extremely thick Irish accent. (Usually I'm pretty good with accents, however I think the loud music and flowing pints didn't help.)

Lesson: Open Heart, Open Mind

You never know what life is going to put in your path. A new experience, an old acquaintance or even a small reminder.

Talking with those gentlemen reminded me to keep an open heart. Had I been closed off and ignored them, I never would have realized I was sitting among friends from two years prior. I say friends because I believe that everyone who touches your heart at one point or another is a friend.

Sitting there that night we reminisced about Thomas, a kind old man that Colleen and I met the very first day in Ireland. We sat next to him at this very bar after an exhausting flight from Boston. Thomas showed us his Irish drum with the crest of his family and we bonded over our family heritage in Northern Ireland. Now, here I was talking about him again with friends of his and now mine.

Like I've said before, I don't believe in coincidences. Go forward with an open heart and an open mind, you never know what is waiting for you.

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