I got a message on LinkedIn from a long-lost friend.
Someone I’ve spent hundreds of hours with and have not heard from in years.
Not the type of person I would ever expect to use LinkedIn.
I sent out an excited (perhaps an overly excited) message.
And got back a lukewarm response saying that he would be “willing to have a brief phone call.”
I was disappointed. I was hurt. I was crushed. All in one simple word.
And he, this ungrateful arch-villain who had destroyed my hopes and dreams.
He just was not the man I had thought him to be. He was like a different person.
He was, in fact, an unrelated person in a different field, working in a different field, having graduated from a different university, and living in on a different continent.
Fortunately, I realized this so that I didn’t say something dumb and merely felt dumb instead.
Perhaps I’ll even look for my long-lost friend.
Perhaps he is hiding in plain sight on LinkedIn.