I was about to put the book down in disgust last night, when I read the challenge. Say "hi" to three people while you're out and about tomorrow. That's it. Just. Say. Hi.
I went to bed PUMPED, I tell you! My head was full of fantasy sequences that involved me saying hello, finding lovely people to chat with over coffee, and falling in love with some handsome stranger that I engaged with a simple hello. There were roses and butterflies everywhere. It was just beautiful. Those rose colored glasses were just about surgically attached to my retinas! I got myself so worked up, it took me two whole hours to fall asleep!
Before I fell asleep, I made a list of the one and only rule:
- Store employees don't count for my 3 - they're always unappreciated and deserve, at the very least, to be acknowledged!
Flash forward to today. The time is currently 4:09 p.m. and I am sad to report that I have failed. I mean. Epic. Failed. How does the person who actively smiles at everyone she passes fail at saying hello to the same people she is smiling at??? Really.
Maybe it was because I was crabby from not getting to bed at a reasonable time because of my stupid awake dreaming. Or because I had to drive an hour and a half, round trip, to get to a meeting that lasted two hours. Or because while I was at that meeting, I was asked if I was still training for "that" marathon in January and I had to say no. OR because it was 96 degrees outside at 7:00 in the morning.
Maybe its the fact that the only errand I had to run today was to the hardware store for a plunger. By the way, I'd like to express to ya'll how much more embarrassing it was for me to buy a plunger than possibly any other single thing I've ever purchased before in my life!
Maybe I should have read Everyone Poops a couple of times before I went, or pretend that the clogged toilet was the product of some obnoxious boy (because everyone knows that girls don't poop), or simply used it as a walking stick to make light of the situation. I was about mortified as I watched the construction guy as he looked at me in the face, looked down at the plunger, and back up at my face again.
Maybe I should have given myself a pep talk. After all, being brave about two insignificant things is almost like hard labor. I mean, its almost ridiculous to ask a person to say hello to passing human beings while purchasing a plunger.
I blame the plunger!
So what about you? Is it easy for you to talk to strangers? What helps you? Help me out ya'll, I'm trying to loosen up here :)