There is literally no point in being pessimistic about anything. It completely defies logic. If we approached any and every aspect of our lives with optimism we could be such happy people. So why don’t we?
So basically I just had this incredible idea. I want to go into the city and just talk to random people. Now hold on a second, don’t judge me quite yet.
Think about it. We go out and we do our shopping and we sit on the train and we are all completely in our own worlds. We don’t even consider interacting with the people around us and if someone started talking to us we would immediately feel weird. We would wonder if they are trying to get us to buy something. We would feel uneasy. Why have we been conditioned to feel this way? We basically assume the worst of people. It’s like the opposite of our legal system. In the United States you are innocent until proven guilty but in our own personal lives we find people guilty before we even get a chance to know them. There are all these wonderful people out there with engaging minds and knowledge to share. We should be taking advantage of all these people and try to learn from them and improve ourselves. I think we sometimes forget that our own bubble of a world doesn’t have to be so small.
One lesson I’ve heard over and over again over the years is that people are the most important part of life. What would be the point of my life if I didn’t make in impact on other lives? It would be a waste. And maybe I can’t make an impact just by talking to a stranger for a minute. But maybe I can. You never know if that one nice thing you said was the thing that made a difference.
So yes. I want to go into stores and strike up a conversation with people. I want to talk about food with people in the food court. I want to chat with that employee that has been standing behind the counter for 2 hours with no customers. I want to ask people how they are. I want to make people remember that all the people swarming around them are people too. And I want to make someone’s day better. Should it really be that hard? No. Just a friendly smile and a friendly face should do the trick.
And actually, I’m more selfish than I make seem. I want to do this for me. I don’t want to be shy or nervous or self conscious. And what better way to break these tendencies than by pushing out of my comfort zone. I want to be an individual who can communicate and connect with other people. Thus I need practice. And what better way to practice than with strangers I may never see again. I know, I know. I’m not just magically going to transform into an engaging and outgoing person just from doing this…but it can’t hurt.