A few weeks ago I saw that there was a painting class being offered in our new town. I loved the picture of an old truck with a Christmas tree in the back, so I signed up.
Last night, I walked into a building that was nearly bursting with people the class was so full. And, there I was, knowing absolutely no one, looking for an empty place to sit…
Eeks! Have you ever been in that position? Trying to find an empty seat and feeling like there’s a flashing neon sign around you that says, “I came ALONE!!!”
Finally, I spied two empty chairs right up front, so I headed in that direction. As I stepped past one to grab the other, I heard someone say that I could sit there.
Whew! Relief! A seat!
Oh my gosh, you guys! I’m pretty sure the night couldn’t have gone any better. The gals I ended up sitting by were fabulous, kind, and funny. I had a total blast and genuinely laughed at times I wasn’t even expecting to.
After I got home, I showed my painting to my husband and Little Bit, then reflected on my lessons learned:
- trying something new is an adventure worth taking
- walking into a place where you know no one is worth the risk
- alone isn’t necessarily alone
- kindness lives, it really, truly does
Here’s to small towns, random Monday evenings, a pink truck and paintbrushes.