talk to a stranger

we learn from early on in life that we should not talk to strangers. we carry this into adulthood. yet, talking to strangers gives us the opportunities to make new friends and have amazing experiences. i make it a habit to talk to strangers all the time. we each have a story. today, my husband and i went to Lorain County Metro parks with the intent to talk to strangers. we are going to volunteer there for the summer season. we do not know anyone, no one knows our story. talking to strangers gives us a new opportunity to create a new version of our old self.

for the past two years we have been church hopping. it seems like we have our fit, St. Stan’s on the east side of Cleveland. the people welcome us and we make a point to “peace” as many people as possible. we do not know if this is the only connection individuals have to another person. our “stranger friends” look for this…. they are turning into not-strangers. tomorrow, i am meeting a “stranger-friend” for coffee who I met at a restaurant. we talked for about 10 minutes.

i clearly understand that we want to protect ourselves. i am not suggesting that you should ever put yourself at risk: what i am suggesting is to put yourself at opportunity.

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I consider myself a life long learner. I believe that only with education and travel is one able to move forward. Each day we should place ourselves in an opportunity to teach and to learn.

One thought on “talk to a stranger”

  1. I too am someone who often talks with strangers. I often am excited at the prospect of “breaking the ice” or adding another random character to my “Canterbury Tales” adventure in life. While this is not often something I do with intention, I have found that sometimes a stranger talks to me right at a moment when I am in need of a “cookie from heaven.” How did that person know I was in need of a little encouragement? Chances are, they did not. I was especially observant of this during my Erie years. Living away from all of the people I love most in this world and getting through some challenges where I felt lonely, I was connected to people reaching out, wanting to know about school and life in general. There intention was nothing but positivity, encouragement, and in one particular case, a nice warm, home-made meal. If you find yourself pondering whether or not to talk with a stranger, take the chance. You might never know how much it means to you, but it will certainly be worth it.


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