I spend a lot of time alone. I live alone now, except for my sweet little Maltese, Lulu, who – let’s face it – doesn’t talk a lot. I work alone 99% of the time. I love my flexible schedule, but sometimes I can go days without actually speaking to another person. For some reason my body clock is on California time, so I go to sleep in the wee hours of the morning and wake up later than I’m willing to admit in writing. Because of this weird schedule I’m awake when most people are asleep. Sometimes my life can feel pretty isolated.
Thursday was different. Thursday I had the pleasure of joining my mother for a speaking engagement at a lovely little restaurant in Crayton Cove called Chez Boet (and yes, you pronounce the ‘t’). The restaurant has been hosting a series of local author guest speakers, and my mother was invited to participate. Mom did a great job chatting about life growing up in small town Naples… all the lovely faces in the room smiled with approval.
Lovely faces. New faces. It was refreshing to see so many lovely, new faces. Sure I see new faces at the grocery store, the gas station, even at stop lights. But rarely do I get to enjoy a conversation with those faces. Thursday I was able to spend a few hours watching my mother shine, enjoying a fabulous lunch and then having friendly conversations with some very sweet ladies. It’s amazing just how chatty I can be when I get around people! (Maybe I’m making up for lost time.)
Last night, as I sat on my sofa and thought about my day, I realized something. I need to get more new faces in my daily life. I need to engage more with the people around me. I need to make new friends, to have new adventures. I’m actually an outgoing person that due to circumstances became more introverted… and in doing so, I somehow isolated myself from living a full life. But one thing that those same circumstances taught me is that life is short, sometimes very short, and it’s definitely too short to spend it alone.
So I’ve got a plan. I’m going to get some new faces in my life. I’m going to make a point of introducing myself to one new person everyday. Even if I have to knock on an unknown neighbor’s door to do it. Don’t be surprised if some crazy lady walks up to you one day and says, ‘Hi, I’m Karen… nice to meet you today.” Just smile and play along.