New Friendship — I was invited to a house party/housewarming with some friends where I was just a plus one. I walked in, and the homeowner was someone who didn’t like me very much, which was very awkward. I cracked us some beers, walked over, asked to speak to her, and hash this out. We spoke privately and opened up about the confusion about why she thought she didn’t like me and what our differences were. Over that beer, we opened up and found out we had so much in common, and now a decade later, we are still good friends. I was just a part of her wedding and a new chapter in her life. Built a bridge, and we walked over it.
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