Seriously, though, I am a very social person, and have been known to strike up a conversation anywhere with anyone. Several of my friends have made the comment, "he doesn't know a stranger." I generally can strike up a conversation, find common ground, and be involved a meaningful chat with someone within minutes of saying "hello." I've put this to great use when traveling on business, as I'm generally alone when I go to eat or grab a drink at the hotel bar. Often, the people I meet are also sitting alone, and are happy to have the company, but not "brave" enough to start the conversation.
I do cherish a bit of alone time, but if I'm in a group setting, I'm probably going to be in the middle of the action, so to speak. Unless I'm hosting, in which case I'll be in the kitchen, with several people standing around watching me prepare drinks, cook a meal, or put together some snacks. I need a bigger kitchen!
I just figure people are fascinated by the strangeness of me.
Like you, I long ago shed that self-conscious feeling of being in public alone. It does take some "bravery", though, to try to shed that status by striking up a conversation. Often it would be easier to be alone and unnoticed. But usually it isn't as fun. Adventure favors the brave.
Yes I do. Here on CM, and out and about. If so moved I can pretty much start a conversation with anyone. I find that everyone has something really interesting to share or some insight. Sometimes talking to a stranger who you will never see again makes it easier to share an idea or a concern. I've had it happen that a "stranger" will share something deeply personal or painful and, if I can help, for just a moment I feel part of their healing.
Other times striking up a conversation with a stranger has led to a real friendship! As far as responding to someone initiating a conversation with me....I usually let the Holy Spirit help me gauge intent. If they feel "safe" then for sure...but if something feels "off" then I Flo-Jo it out of there.
Hello and also good to see you. I hope life is going well for you. I am not on CM as frequent but good to see you once again. Since my membership in July, 2010, your presence always makes a room so much brighter.
God bless always,