• Do This: Talk To Strangers

    02.18.2013 / Miscellaneous

    … preferably in a ball pit.

    I have an admitted fear of ball pits, because OMG germs, but I’d make an exception here. Soul Pancake orchestrated a touching project (dare I call it a public art installation?) encouraging grown-ups to harness their inner child, pause their days and reach out to a new friend. The result? A 5-minute break in your day that will restore your faith in humankind.

    I find it interesting how, as children, socialization is a shared goal: playgrounds, ball pits, sporting events. Yet the older we get, the more we forget the importance of meeting new people and befriending strangers. Our surroundings almost encourage this – single file lines at the bank, tiny bistro tables for one. And although there’s certainly something to be said for privacy and personal space, I often wonder how much more we’d learn about our society if we’d sit at the yellow bench.

    Tell me, when’s the last time you chatted with a stranger? I met the loveliest woman at the pet store yesterday!

    • multicolored balls. Wish I could set up something like that in the town I live in because I talk to everybody. People in the supermarket, library, airports and everywhere. With a smile I usually compliment women on their outfits and men too and invariably all respond. I find it great fun and it always makes people feel good about themselves. It also makes me feel good because I’ve made someone else happy. Love all your observations. Carolyn

    • The last time, I chatted with a stranger was at an Asian supermarket while buying groceries on my own. I wanted to buy a fruit and at the same time, a Trinidadian middle age lady was looking at the same fruit, so I decided to ask for her advice on how to pick a good one. She was very kind in telling me how to pick one. If we talk more to strangers, our stereotypes on others might go away.

      Great post. Thank you for sharing. This is a great blog site.

    • I would like to be one of these persons. It`s really exciting and funny!

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