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.