It's one of my best friend's birthdays today.
Madeleine and I always laugh about how we met. Around this time last year, I became friends with a group of guys at work. It was just before my birthday, and we kiind of went from "oh hey I just met you" to "oh hey let's hang out all the time."
Sometimes it just happens like that, right? So Madeleine and her boyfriend were on a 2 week long trip to Oregon (funny story about that, for multiple months I had it in my head they were in Europe.. not Oregon. Whoops.) and when she got back, all she heard was "Amy this" and "Amy that."
And while she was gone, all I heard was "Madeleine this" and "Madeleine that."
Being the girl that I am, I looked up this Madeleine chick on our work website, and saw how drop dead gorgeous she is. (I mean, just take a look at the photos above).
I immediately got intimated. Immediately assumed she wouldn't like me. Immediately assumed that everyone would like her more than me.
Based on one look at one picture.
Goodness gracious, do I have issues or what?
Luckily for me (and for our friendship), it turns out Madeleine gets my issues. Because the same thing happened to her.
And fortunately for both of us, it took about 5 minutes and one happy hour before we got over ourselves and realized that instead of being intimidated by one another, we were actually going to become amazing friends.
And it's been love at first happy hour ever since.
Lesson learned: don't make assumptions. Don't judge on looks. And have a little more confidence in yourself, and in others.
Madeleine, happy birthday to you! I am so blessed to have you in my life, and I can't wait to celebrate many, many more birthdays together!
(How's that for a love letter?)