Day 21 - Andrew (2nd person I approached)
January 21, 2015 - Occasionally, I find I can get a good insight into a person’s story, and that person, in a time-limited chat. Sure, I would have loved to chat with Andrew more than the five minutes we had. But because of having a mutually genuine interest and connection, I walked away feeling content. Making a genuine connection and having a sincere conversation don’t have to take an hour minimum to establish.
When I explained to Andrew that I’ve been approaching strangers for over a year to hear their stories, his face lit up.
“Wow, that’s cool,” he said. I asked if he’d be interested in chatting with me. He looked at his phone for the time and told me he had seven minutes left on his break. I wanted to see where this would go, and said I’d be willing to chat briefly, if he was ok with rapid fire questions. He laughed, and agreed to chat.
“I was born in White Rock (British Columbia). I have four siblings. Two brothers and two sisters. I’m the youngest of the five. There’s nine years between us all,” he said.
“I feel like I had it the easiest, my parents had really learned what to do by the time they got to me. They were comfortable. I used to watch my brothers and sisters when we were growing up. I like to watch people and learn from what I see. I learned from their mistakes, and from watching them,” he said.
“We grew up in North Delta. That’s where I went to school. I knew that we were learning things in school that didn’t seem relevant, but I went along with it anyway. I understood that getting my high-school diploma was important,” he said. Andrew started to play piano when he was five years old.
“I play piano, guitar, drums, bass and I sing. It’s funny, I was looking through my baby book a while ago. There were notes saying ‘Andrew likes to tap on different surfaces and listens to the sounds. He’s big on the tapping.’ That was when I was three and four years old!”
After graduating from high-school, Andrew went on to study music.
“I went to Douglas College. I studied classical music, performance and music theory. That’s like the grammar of English, in music. As a musician I wanted to have a good understanding of all the elements of music. I feel it helps me understand it all better, and helped me become a better musician,” he told me. He spent two years studying, and finished with a diploma in music.
He is currently working as a charity fund-raiser.
“I’ve been doing this for about eight months. My sister was doing it first. I like talking to people and it’s for a good cause. I’m really enjoying it,” he said.
“My fiancé and I plan on moving to the Island (Vancouver Island) this summer. We went for a visit, and we liked the slower pace of things. Sitting in a coffee shop there, it’s seems more natural for conversations, just like this one we’re having, to start.” Andrew’s fiancé is considering starting a natural healthcare line.
“I’m wearing a deodorant right now that she made, with baking soda and peppermint. It’s got no chemicals, just four or five natural ingredients. And it works,” he said, smiling.
Our time was up, and walked with Andrew for a few moments toward his work place. I asked if he still played any music
"Yeah, I have a band that I’m with. We play rock n’ roll music. I can still apply what I learned in school to the music I play. I also like that people who play rock are more adapt at jamming. My first day at music school, I met someone in my class and said to him let’s jam. He said sure, and then asked what piece I wanted to play. I just wanted to jam. Let’s just play some music.” #notastranger