Next Social Challenge: Talk to Strangers

This mushroom grew in a potted cactus on our front porch, which I'm pretty sure is weird loner behavior. 

This mushroom grew in a potted cactus on our front porch, which I'm pretty sure is weird loner behavior. 

Oh, here we are at another social/educational week, and once again I had no idea what to do. So I googled "challenges for introverts," because... right. 

I'm technically not a full-blown introvert. When I take the Myers-Briggs, I usually fall just to the introverted side of the middle, but sometimes I'm smack-dab in the middle. However, I identify with introverts. For instance, one of the challenges on my Challenges I'm Considering list is "go somewhere new everyday." Turns out I pretty much don't want to do that. I can do one - maybe two - new places a week. Where I really want to go is home. Sometimes I can get myself out of the house by going to places I've been before. But new places? Sigh. No thanks. 

Also, I don't particularly want to talk to strangers, but it seems doable. Starting tomorrow, because I already missed today. I talked to customers I didn't know at work, but for the most part we talked about work-related stuff. I did talk to one woman about the bad day she was having (someone hit her car in a parking lot - twice) (same person) (on her phone the whole time). But my job always involves talking to people, so that's not the kind of challenge I'm looking for. 

So, starting tomorrow, I'll see what I can do about talking to strangers. I hope saying hello counts, if I'm not at work. Since I'm making up the rules, I guess it does. It counts. 

If you feel like it, check out this list of 15 awkward social problems only introverts will understand.  I especially love 10, 12 and 14.