So last week I gave you a little talk about real talk. Basically, I don’t want to be a confectioners-sugar-dusted-phoney. That’s why I’ve decided to get crazy with some real-life confessions on here.
Confessions. That’s a scary word.
So here it goes, here’s my first confession.
I like reading Craigslist Personal Ads.
Disclaimer: I would never ever ever in a million years even think about posting an ad on Craigslist (or answer one), but I like to read them.
Yes, some are creepy, some are weird (ex. “I enjoy theatrical-quality tomfoolery”…what), and some are downright fake. But some are nice. My favorites are in the “missed connections” forum.
This is where people leave messages hoping to find people they’ve crossed paths with. There is something less sinister about this forum than the others, no creepy requests, no augmented biographies pleading for a date. Instead, there’s a sort-of-sad sad sincerity in these posts.
These people couldn’t get a face/aura out of their mind all day, and are now beating themselves up for not saying anything. There is hope and regret intertwined in all of the posts (“I would have talked to you but I was too shy”). The regret of not seizing the moment, the hope that maybe this little “message in a bottle” (via Craigslist) will miraculously reach that special person.
The sweet, sad thing about this is that 99 times out of 100, these ads are never reciprocated. That person who was reading Harry Potter 5 on the train is probably back at home, flipping through the pages and eating Lean Cuisine and will never see the post on Craigslist. But the admirer posts it anyways.
Here’s one I liked:
“I wish I went and sat next to you and said hello, but obviously I didn’t and here I am posting this note you will probably never read. Wherever you were going, I hope you got there safe, and that despite the rain you are having a great day”
I like think about all of the faces I see in a day, and all of the stories, fears, and adventures that lie behind all of those faces. I’m not advocating talking to strangers. But I guess this should inspire us to seize the moment and not miss an opportunity to speak to someone. Yolo?
Anyways, now that I’ve shared something weird about myself with you all, I am going to share this weird cake recipe! It’s super easy, super funky, and will knock all of your friend’s socks off when you serve it. It looks like an unassuming vanilla cake… and then BAM! Rainbow madness on the inside. Check it out.
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