My 1st impression when I saw him was actually not about him; it was about his huge monster backpack, which was thrice the size of my big backpack. I wondered for how long has he been wandering or will continue to travel. I was resting inside the room and he was outside, playing guitar and singing with his friend, Saumya. They had just completed their Yoga programme together in Trivandrum. I told them I loved their voice and free spirit, especially Joe’s who also has a very unique sense of humor, the type when someone finds comedy in the most normal/boring activities.
I was with them for one day only as I had to leave for Kovalam. I said goodbye to them followed by a mandatory “See you soon”. Little did I know that this “See you soon” was going to be manifested in just 2 days because, after 2 days from then, I returned to Delhi and met Joe again. This has been the fastest manifestation in my life so far!
I was at the Kochi airport for my Delhi flight when I got his text asking me whether I have a washing machine. All his clothes and sleeping bag had become mouldy due to dampness and he wanted to wash everything. I invited him to my home where he met my king-size family because I live in a joint family. He was quite surprised to know about such a concept of family, which is now very rare even in India. He greeted everyone with Namaste and a big smile. He asked my mother about the significance of bindi, vermillion, etc. He had a conversation with my father also regarding jobs, houses, and more. He was so happy to be at home where he was taken care of and served so many yummy dishes. Even my mom and dad were quite comfortable and happy in his presence. And yeah, he made fun of the fact that I still live with my parents, which is the most Indian thing but completely an alien notion in his country.
He stayed in my home for 2 days and we talked a lot about thankfulness, positivity, hope, love, friendship, happiness, emotions, relationships, marriage, family, prayers, feelings, bucket list, environment, food, our gratitude journal, books, our secret pact, and especially how everything happens on purpose.
I had also told him about Rusty, my pet dog, passing away recently and how much I miss him. I showed him Rusty’s collar and shared his few incidents. Looking at my sad face, Joe said, “I can bark like him early in the morning and bother you like he used to do.” That made me giggle because his reaction was totally different from others. When everyone said to me in a low voice, “I am sorry for your loss”, he was the one who tried to make me laugh.