Look, if you’re reading this you’re not little anymore unless you started to read young, in which case, well done 🙂 but anyway despite the arguments, your mother may have still told you not to talk to strangers, I know school did, but I never did, and you know why?
Everyone starts out as a stranger, including your mother.
I remember the night I met her like it was yesterday but we won’t get into that now, but it’s safe to say she was a stranger, without her we wouldn’t have you, you see where I’m going with this?
People constantly tell you not to talk to strangers as a child, since they are fearful of you their little bundle of joy being kidnapping when in actual fact it’s usually a family member, your mother knows this better than most yet she still told you not to talk to strangers, go figure.
Anyway my point is, meeting and being confortable around people is probably one of the most important life skills you can have.
If you’re genuinely confortable around people even those you don’t know very well you will feel happy and be able to be your true self without worrying about someone judging you.
Think of it this way, your confortable around strangers, so when you start that new day at school, at work, you just walk in the room, like it was me and your mother sitting on the sofa in the living room eating dinner, so you say hi, and talk to everyone, you have now met tons of new people who see your confidence, they now want to be your friend, you get to know them, some you have common interests with, some you don’t, the one’s you do will probably become good friends, they will help you in life, because you’re their friend, you need that sofa moving because you have a new one coming your old friend Dan with the van will offer to help you take it up the dump, now imagine you had never met Dan you would be struggling with that sofa on your own, or have to hire a skip or a van, to move it yourself, now I’m not saying this is the reason to befriend people because it’s not, its selfish, and transparent, but anyway.
Now imagine the opposite scenario, you are scared of new people, you walk into that first day all shy, you sit in the corner you don’t talk to anyone, you’re now the outsider, it’s going to be hell, until finally someone says hi, and finally you make a friend or maybe just an acquaintance, where you’re their 3 years and still no one knows your name…. you just that trusty guy that does his work and goes home, when you need to move your sofa, you have no-one, just me to help you move it, we have to hire a van but we get it done.
I know in both cases that old stained sofa gets taken to the dump, but I know I would rather be the overconfident guy mentioned in number one, the guy who is not fearful of strangers, who loves meeting people.