Approaching the last day of my tour, I had to get creative with this challenge. I didn’t have much time. I decided my challenge would be to talk to strangers. I woke up and gave three compliments to strangers in the first hour I had left my hotel room. As a result, I also received 2 compliments back.
At lunch, I asked a stranger to have lunch with me. The stranger and I enjoyed appetizers and swapped stories. We had great conversation and by the end of lunch we parted as friends.
I realized as I was returning my car and preparing for the airport, I still had my pepper spray attached to my Camelback. There was no way I can take it on the plane. I was a little bummed because I had just bought it a few weeks when I started hiking trails alone. I didn’t wan to throw it away. On a whim, I approached a woman and asked if she could use some pepper spray. She looked at me funny. I explained my situation and showed her the new pink bottle of pepper spray attached to a keychain. She got so excited. She said she was actually thinking of buying some because she has been taking long walks alone and was worried about some dogs she had ran across. I was excited to be able to give it to her instead of throwing it away.
The next person I met was on the plane. A 6’2″ man scrunched in to the seat next to me. I asked him if he was cozy. It started out a great conversation. We spent the entire flight talking and laughing. In fact, I laughed so hard I nearly cried a few times. We walked away exchanging information and agreeing that we must meet up again.
Not bad for a day of just opening myself up to everyone around me. It’s so easy to become self-involved and forget about all of the other people around us. I love that quote about how we are all just walking each other home. We all share so many experiences, we all have fears, we all have hopes. Really, strangers aren’t that different than ourselves. Go talk to a stranger. 😉