My first interaction with Danielle, was at her own house party, a day before my Birthday back in 2012. Not like we had the most brilliant conversation that evening, but little did we both know how that one evening set up the stage for an amazing friendship. A surprise Birthday party with all my favorite people coupled with a bollywood themed night brought Danielle back in the mix with her friends, Chris and Caroline. She and her friends were all dressed complete Bollywood, and I remember being told that she went shopping to ensure she was dressed for the occasion. From what I heard and saw, I knew she had to be a part of every party that we planned for later!
That Storm we all know:
Danielle has been a live wire ever since I've known her, always up for good company and a cheerful talk about anything spoken in English. If I ever had a mental image of Danielle, she'd never be sitting. She's all about momentum and never the kind to be drawn into those phases of inertia when others are waiting for things to happen. She's hardly ever influenced to do something she doesn't want to do, and may God help you if you end up putting her in that spot! That's where I find myself unlike her. While I'm all about feeding on other people's energy, Danielle is an energy that feeds on her own will and nothing else. If I had to steal one quality from her, I think this would be it!
The FOMO Syndrome:
Of all the friends I've known, Dani heads the list with the FOMO ('Fear of missing out') Syndrome. She always wants to be a part of everything, as long as it's fun! 6AM fitness routines with great music, mid-night Marathon runs, a quiet coffee and south indian food, a random animal instinct dance at a posh place- Dani's up for all. If you are ever in the vicinity of a red Nano, and if you scream out loud "Oh MY GOD, this is SO much fun!" be sure to have Dani right there. But you better live up to it, else she's gone.
I once found Danielle in tears at a place full of people at a party. I didn't read too much into it at that time, thinking to myself that Dani's probably a 'crier'. That was three years ago, and she's been jovial ever since, that now I wonder if Dani crying was just a figment of my imagination. Headstrong, and to some extent stubborn, if you find her accommodating then something's probably not right. Her expressions are priceless whenever she's irritated or not happy about something. Her 'I'm not happy look' would usually come if her friends start talking in hindi jargons for a prolonged period. Dani has this amazing quality of expressing her feelings only when people ask for it. With that said, Dani's saves her emotions by focusing it on only a few of those who matter. Even though I'm taken for granted to be careless, I can always count on Dani to give me a hard time if I ever upset her in any way. And this is the stuff she's made up of, she'll never give up!
Dani- thank you for letting me be myself without having to worry about repercussions of being judged. You've always been there for every amazing moment in Bangalore. I don't have to tell you to never change because you wouldn't want to be told that. Hooray for hoola-hooping your way into my World!