I walked up to Shelby because she was standing alone, and I really liked her glasses. Little did I know what an amazing person I was about to meet, and what an inspiring conversation we were about to have!
After being totally honest about my challenge and why I struck up a conversation out the blue, we chatted about her fantastic glasses, the difficulties of kayaking, and why it’s okay to talk to strangers. I was struck by her willingness to open up, and her ready transparency, as she told about her crazy move to Minnesota (and showed us her awesome tattoo), her successful journey with weight loss, and how she came to know and follow Jesus. She shared about her work with young girls, and how she is a safe person in their life as they work through the struggles of the teen years. This girl is going places and making a difference in people lives!
I learned something from Shelby. I was shown how staying comfortable in my insecurities is actually selfish. It’s doing what is easy for me, rather than thinking about how I might make someone’s day better. Becuase of her openness and readiness to have a real conversation, I left encouraged. I walked away with a reminder of Christ’s unconditional love for us, and of His faithfulness in uncertain situations. I left with a hopefulness that there are really good, loving people in this world, who want to make a difference in people’s lives. I left blessed by the entire interaction and with a plan to stay in touch.
Thank you, Shelby, for sharing your story and for being the beautiful person that you are.