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Random Conversations

I love the random conversations that just happen in my life.

People...strangers actually, come up to me and tell me very personal things about their lives. I don't know why. I don't know if I have a 'friendly face' or what it is, but all my life, people have done this.

For example, when I take  my Mom out on errands or shopping, I usually finish before she does, so I will sit outside the store on a bench and smoke a cigarette and watch people, play on my Blackberry, whatever.

If someone is sitting on the bench or standing nearby, they usually start talking to me, and it's not the generic, "Sick of this rain, or it's crowded in the store today."

I have heard stories of sons in prison, sickness in the family, divorce, etc. right off the bat!

Strangers have told me things about their lives that are so personal, that if I were dealing with what they are dealing with, I wouldn't talk to a stranger about it, I would talk to a close friend.

I enjoy this though, and Mom and my boyfriend have gotten used to seeing me standing with a stranger involved in serious conversation.

I'm glad people feel safe just randomly coming up to me and talking about their lives. I hope just being able to talk to someone about it helps them somehow although I do not offer advice, only encouragement.

I just wonder why people, strangers really, feel comfortable telling me all this stuff.

It's pretty cool though.

deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 25, 2010

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THIS MADE ME SMILE AND LAUGH AND I ENJOY THE STORY AND THE WAY YOU HAVE WRITTEN IT. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT HAPPENS TO YOU TOO! IT HAPPENED TO ME ALL THE TIME IN ENGLAND ANYWHERE, TRAINS BUS-STOPS, IN THE STREET, SUPERMARKETS. I'VE OFTEN ASKED WHAT IS IT ABOUT ME TOO. I THINK IT IS A GIFT WE HAVE TO ENCOURAGE AND LISTEN, PEOPLE ARE DRAWN TO US AND FEEL SAFE. IT FEELS QUITE BOASTFUL TO SAY IT IS A GIFT BUT THAT IS WHAT I REALLY THINK DEEP DOWN. I THINK IT IS AWESOME AND ENJOY IT. SOMETIMES I'VE SHARED A REALLY GOOD LAUGH WITH PEOPLE I HAVE MET TOO. OTHERS FIND IT ODD AND MY AUNT SAYS PEOPLE DON'T RESPECT YOU IF YOU JUST TALK TO ANYONE BUT WHY NOT. I SMOKE TOO AND LOVE PEOPLE WATCHING. THIS HAPPENES HERE IN NZ TOO, THOUGH NOT SO OFTEN PEOPLE I HAVE NEVER MET AS NEW ZEALANDERS ARE QUITE PRIVATE PEOPLE. IT'S GREAT TO COMEACROSS THIS STORY AND TO KNOW THIS ASPECT OF YOU. THANKS FOR SHARING X