While out here in Puerto Rico, I’ve been talking quite a bit with locals and American tourists. I’ve distinctively noticed the following changes in myself over the years, which has been reinforced by this trip:

1. The shift from someone who would consciously avoid people to someone who actively seeks out new people.

2. The shift from being primarily concerned about how I was feeling during an interaction to placing greater attention on the person I’m talking to, and being in the moment with the individual.

3. The shift from believing that interactions with new people will turn out badly to believing interactions with new people to be unique, rich and fun.

Who said change isn’t possible?