A life of firsts
We collect firsts throughout our lives. Our first memory, first kiss, first job, first house, first child, etc. They are a meaningful way to mark the passage of time. But I also remember my first impression of others because I know first impressions are often just that – a judgement based on little to no knowledge about the person. Personally, I challenge myself to create a first impression that isn’t just my first thought about someone, it’s my first experience with them. I ask a lot of questions when I first meet someone (it’s that journalism training – it never goes away), and I almost always walk away with an appreciation for who they are, not just who they appear to be. If your first impression is confined to your first opinion, I challenge you to expand it.