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I love making new friends.

I love the experience of not knowing someone one day and then being friends on the other day.

Of course, friendship builds over time but the moment it starts is one of the greatest things in life.


Yesterday, I made a new friend.

The story is a bit long but I think it’s worth relating.

It all started with the Dude.

In case you don’t know him, the Dude is this unforgettable character, hero of one of my favorite movies of all times, “The big Lebowski”.

I like its quirky, offbeat humor and I like watching it with my son, Omar, who I call His Dudeness.

He calls me in return ‘The Dude” and we named his younger sister and brother, Duderina and Duderino.

So imagine my surprise when I found out that one of my Facebook friends recently had a new born and gave his son the following name: Selyane Dude.

I couldn’t believe it and at the same time I couldn’t find out through his post if it was for real or not.

Everybody was congratulating him on the baby and no one was asking about his uncommon name.

So I messaged Tony, this Casablanca-based American, to know the whole story.

Tony and I had a very funny conversation. And I found out he has really named his son after Mr Lebowski. Tony told me: “I wanted my son to have proper role models, The Dude and Ibn Battouta.” Tony, I love your free spirit and your sense of humor!

While we were talking, Tony told me about his as-cool-as-him sister who lives in Bethesda (what are the chances, huh?).

He connected us and suggested we two meet. No sooner said than done, we decided to meet a couple days later. Yesterday, then.

Now that I’ve given you some background, how do you think it went?

Of course, Amanda and I had a wonderful time at my Starbucks office. We found out that we have so many interests in common that there wasn’t a single blank in the conversation for the whole 2 hours we spent together.

We talked about our kids, our parents, our siblings, our trails in the woods, about nature, college, minimalism, AirBNB, self-care and so many other things.

Tony, thank you so much for introducing me to your wonderful sister.

And thank you Mr Lebowski for giving me a good time even when I’m not watching you.

The Dude abides!

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WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?  Friends contribute to our emotional and psychological balance. Making new friends is an opportunity to increase this balance as well as broaden your horizon and discover new interests with them.


I’m constantly making new friends and I love it.

I know it’s hard for some people, espcially if you are shy.

My only advive when you meet someone, is to be yourself.

Don’t try to be smarter or nicer than you are. 

You want your new friends to like you for what you are. And the best way to see if you match is to be yourself.

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”           Jim Morrison

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