There is a Chinese proverb that reads, “A single conversation across the table with a wise person is worth a month’s study of books”.

Good Conversations. I live for these. These may just be my favorite part of life, for there are few things better than sharing yourself with a person as they share with you, openly. Sometimes this is a place, or a particular day, or a challenging experience that’s shared with another. But something so big isn’t always necessary in order to have an impact on you. Sometimes, all you need, pure and simple, is a conversation.

You feel me?

Yeah of course you do.

Looking back on my life, some of the moments where I learned most about myself, most about this world, most about people, were nights spent staying up late talking, be it with an old friend, a new friend or a complete stranger whom just happened to be in the same place as me at the right time.

Here’s the scary part (at least for some) about a good conversation: You must be open. You must listen. You must share. You must let yourself feel vulnerable.

I have friends I’ve known for years whom I still don’t feel I truly know what drives them in life, what they’re about at their core. And I have friends I’ve known for mere days with whom it feels like I’ve known them for a lifetime. There are people I interact with on a daily basis that I hardly know a thing about, and people I interact on a daily basis that each time I see them I feel that much more fulfilled.

I wonder if it might be worth it to pry just a bit harder with them, rather than only accept these powerful conversations with only those that they seem to flow naturally with. Some people will judge that which you reveal. Some people won’t agree with your thoughts. Some people simply will not be able to open up back to you. And that is okay. But I feel like it may be worth a shot to pry just a little bit.

We all have lessons to share. We have all been there incredible things, be it heartbreaking or inspiring or life-changing. Everyone has a story. Conversation is what let’s us share. Isn’t that why we blog, or read blogs? Simply, to share. To converse. To talk. To be open. To let ourselves be vulnerable.

There’s nothing like a conversation that makes you sit back, think about your life, and changes you for the better.

What has been one of the most life-changing, interesting, inspiring conversations you’ve ever had? Who was it with? What did you learn? 

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About Lauren Rains

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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