Adventure Challenge – Day 16: Stranger Danger

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. 😉

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About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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