I used to think about doing this all the time when I first moved to D.C. and literally did not know a soul in the state. It's strange how easy it is to live in a bubble after getting to know a few folks. Being out of state I keep thinking 'hmm what would it be like if I chatted with all the other strangers here? Who would I meet?"
It's bizarre how easy it was to become closed off to new people once I had a few connections.It's never a conscious decision not to meet people - I simply don't put in the effort to do so. This evening the folks I am staying with and I went out to one of those Hibachi grills where they sit you at a table with another party - and it struck me how much I took for granted that, though we were sitting directly adjacent to them, we weren't going to talk or meet. Is this a good or a bad thing? I don't know - maybe neither. Certainly nothing personal was met on either end.
It just made me think of how open I was to every experience and person when I didn't have go-to folks to call upon. I wonder how different my life would be if I lived a little more like that again?
photo via terrysdiary