This morning, at 5:45 AM, I went on a walk. The usual around this time is to drink coffee and sit inside, but I've realized the importance of
- physical movement
- simple socialization
Socialization is something often overlooked. It's so overlooked that parents will punish their children by restricting them from it. That's a recipe for madness.
Growing up, I went to public school of 3000. There was no choice but to socialize with unfamiliar and uncomfortable faces. Everyday I would walk in and avoid eye contact with most people by tilting my head down. I even did that on my walk this morning.
I wonder why I do that. Am I scared?
What would happen if I said good morning and made direct eye-contact with everyone I crossed paths with? I became aware of this possibility this morning and started saying good-morning as people stride by. I found it easier with less people around. Few are up this early.
I even made light conversation with the Starbucks barista lady. I asked her, "Do you usually get busy around 7:00 AM?". She replied, "Yeah, some people come in around then because they have work soon."
I'm not sure why I see this as an achievement, but it is. Talking to strangers is a heart-opening experience. Its curious to see how their face lights up a bit and if you ask them the right question, they'll stop and pause. Strangers are the kindest people when you give them a chance.
People you know the best are usually the toughest on you.
Both have something to offer. Are you looking for it?