I know most of you that see this will think – I’m not suppose to talk to strangers. Yes, we teach that to little kids. It’s a great rule – for little kids. Some of you are adults – I don’t think little kids read this blog – but you’re older now. It’s okay to talk to strangers.
What’s more interesting to me – than the fact that adults don’t talk to strangers – is to see how some of those child lessons still arrests some people from doing anything. Some have learned as a kid to not talk to strangers and in many ways are still pretty child-like about their thought processes.
It takes courage to talk to strangers. It takes humility to talk to strangers. Most importantly, you end up missing out on some wonderful interaction with amazing people. Working through this helps you to grow as a person. It helps you to develop your identity.
Tonight, I was standing in light at a restaurant – waiting to order my food. A gentleman behind me had ordered a salad. He happened to say the name of the salad in a French accent. I knew I was going to write this post, but hadn’t yet talked to a stranger. I figure I should try out the idea before I write about it. In our quick interchange, I learned that he lived in Paris and then he explained what the word meant. He commented on the salad I ordered for DC, and then I invited him to have dinner with us. We sat with him for about an hour and had a wonderful time. He had traveled the world. We talked about all the places that we had been and compared stories. He said we needed to go back to Paris when we had an opportunity.
There is something about talking to strangers that really helps us to develop our ideas and our sense of self. When you talk to strangers, you develop your identity. You learn to tell your story and answer questions about yourself. You think through who you are and share that with someone. Try it. Let me know how it goes.