While some accuse John Tavares of being a robot, he may be the calm veteran voice that the Maple Leafs need in their locker room. The team's captain needs to connect with both the young and older players while also being an intermediary between the players and coaching staff.
Perhaps that's why Tavares was named the Toronto Maple Leafs 25th captain in team history. Leadership isn't easy, even for a robot.
It can be difficult to make new friends. Old friends are comfortable and you know exactly what to expect. However, it can always be nice to meet someone new and hit it off.
Making new friends as an adult is just about as much fun as trying to assemble IKEA furniture. On the surface, it appears to be simple, but it's an exercise in frustration, confusion, and occasionally, fits of laughter.
There is also the subtle art of initiating a conversation with a stranger without sounding like a rogue telemarketer. "Hello, potential friend, would you be interested in a limited-time offer of camaraderie and mutual weirdness?" Despite the smoothness for which it may flow out of you, it's not exactly a foolproof icebreaker.
Making new friends is a precarious, unpredictable, and occasionally a hilarious endeavor. So, here's to the brave souls attempting the social circus act of making friends, armed with awkward jokes and the resilience to laugh through the friend-making fumbles. Everyone takes on making new friends in their own unique way.
Question 9: How do you approach making new friends?