I have always been a curious person. A typical teenager, I would often sit around my bedroom window, watching the people walk by. I would then write down their details until my head was spinning.
One day, I had an experience that I did not want to forget. I had watched a couple of love stories and one man described his life story. He was, he said, a reformed drug addict. Yeah, I thought to myself. One little conversation with this guy would be enough to keep me up all night.
Until I arrived at the location. A sleepy residential street. The kind that one could easily walk for hours without finding your way. The kind that made me believe that someday, I could actually get whatever I was looking for.
The guy that had driven me to the location held a sandwich board in one hand and a shopping bag full of equipment in the other.
“Hi, I’m Metis, by way,” he said. “I am on a mission to save you from yourself. I have heard that meditation and yoga are key to living a healthier life. So, I hope you choose to take advantage of the workshops that we are holding on Wednesday evenings here in the future.”
Before I could respond, he began to walk away.
“Is this ok?” I asked.
He looked back at me. “Yes,” he said. He walked away again.
I stayed by his side for a while. He didn’t seem like a man who could be easily persuaded. I didn’t have any reason to think that a stranger might not be completely honest, but I had always thought that meeting face to face was a bit much.
Then he showed up at a workshop that I had participated in. I didn’t know him, but I had heard him speak at several conferences. So, I invited him to attend a workshop called “Building Resilience and Accountability in the Sleep-Deprived.”
As I sat in the quiet, I could see that he was in a good mood. He has spoken about thinking, how he would like to build a company that built sleep pods.
I told him that I was excited to be a part of it, and he seemed to appreciate it. As he was walking away, he gave me a little hug. I wanted to keep that smile for the rest of the time we were together.
At the end of the workshop, he said hello again and said that he had something to tell me.
I followed him as he left.
He came upon a woman that was reading a book on a walk. He stopped and talked to her. They lingered in the middle of the sidewalk for a bit, before he asked: “Can I hug you?”
The woman froze. She was hesitant, but she managed to come to her feet and close her eyes around his arm. He told her that she was beautiful and she lost a couple of pounds.
As he walked away, she cried and blushed. She said that it was the most sweet thing she had ever seen and that she loved him very much.
As he was walking away, she drifted off to sleep. He was so sad about the whole thing that he couldn’t hold back the tears anymore.
I was so happy that I could laugh at the strange romance between a stranger and my best friend.
As I got to my feet, I noticed that the grace of God had caught up with me. The person who I had thought was dead had just appeared.
Metternich, who later went by several other names, was a prolific writer and animator who often shared his secrets in unprecedented ways.
In the years that followed, I would find myself drawn to his writings often. The seeds of his relationships with other powerful people were planted right there in the seediness of me.
One such story was described in an article that came up on reddit a few months ago. In it, a man who went by the name FSG claimed to have had a connection with the spiritual world for years before ever meeting her.
He opened up about his secret for choosing the wrong woman and how he had to break his long relationship with his ex to become happy.
I had always found his story interesting. It showed me that there is great power in wandering who we are and what we want.
One thing that I have learned in the past year is that when you are single, you are often too busy looking for love to focus on a relationship that is right for you.
But I think that even if I was busy looking for love, I would still be frustrated because the connection wasn’t there.
It was, however, a great lesson to learn.
I have been single for 15 years and I have been obsessed with finding my soulmate. I have met some really amazing people.