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I hate small talk. It's glossy and shiny and it's all the surface-level stuff, and I just don't like it.
What I like is getting to the core of who people are in conversation. I like getting to see the real heart and soul of somebody, hear what makes them come alive, learn what keeps them up at night. I don't want to just see the poised and perfect outside, I want to peel all the layers away until the raw and real middle is all that's left to discover.
The past few weekends, my parents have been helping me tackle a major DIY project-- refinishing a dining room table and chairs. (Watching too much HGTV made me think I could handle this...but I quickly learned that this is not my forte.)
We started with a table, a perfectly fine table, seemingly good from most angles. It was glossy and shiny on the surface. There were a few dents and dings we could see, but it looked acceptable. I didn't want just acceptable, though. I didn't want the table to still look like it had looked for so long. I wanted to transform it into something totally new and much more bold.
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