Oh I really enjoyed this Andie, and I have to agree. While my social anxieties often prevent me from striking up conversations with strangers, it’s usually unavoidable if I have either or both of the children with me. People are instantly drawn to them, or Luke will start a conversation with whoever sits down beside, in front of, or behind us. It’s quite confronting and liberating for me all at once – but I always feel positive afterwards. Thanks for linking to the article.
I love that this article was from the New York Times. Talking to strangers is one of the few things Texas gets right, and although it was hard to get used to when I first moved here, is also one of the things I love the most about living in the south. It’s really true that strangers just start talking to each other here, and it’s really great, most of the time.
I am going travelling soon, with one of my closest friends and her family. One of the things I’m looking forward to the most is that this friend is even better at random conversations with total strangers than I am, and so I step up my game (not competitively, more that we both pull each other along), and we end up talking to even more strangers, and I have so much fun, and feel fantastic at the end of the day.
And since travelling is also something that induces me to talk to a greater number of random people…
We are going to have a great time.
(Hmm. Maybe pity our travel companions? Especially the introvert.)