Typically when we meet someone for the first time we are hesitant to share intimate details about ourselves. For example: is Jesus the son of Christ, do we plan to vote for Donald Trump, where we stand with the idea of life outside of earth, what our favorite food is, are we Beliebers, how we feel about gun control, what’s our credit looking like these day –these are all details that make us each unique individuals and when shared with others, bonds are built and friends are made.
While experiencing a life of travel, there is not much time to spare to get “comfortable enough to share” with those you come across, like there is in the real world. These are not people you will see every morning at the Starbucks down the street from work that you ask one different question everyday, slowly and painfully getting to know them. Near-to-most of those you will meet while traveling, you will share less than a few hours with and will most likely never hear from them again.
Because of this reality, when you begin to exchange Hello’s with strangers it quickly becomes more than a normal daily interaction. Both they know and you know that your time together is limited, in this situation you have the opportunity to either 1) share a deep and meaningful conversation about life and all it’s joys and struggles, in addition to taking away a beautiful interaction with another soul that aligns with your own. Or 2) allow your walls built by insecurities and fear keep you from experiencing the beauty of learning about a stranger.
My advice. Share. You will be surprised at how many amazing perspectives you will gain, and how many lessons you will learn. The more we learn about others, the more we learn about ourselves.