As an introvert I often find being with other people draining.
For a long time, I used this as an excuse not to do things that made me uncomfortable, tired, or even just things that I’d rather not do.
I mean, what introvert wants to go out into the world when you could bring the world to you in a book or get in the car to have lunch with a friend who lives half an hour away, when you could skype with a friend halfway around the world instead?
Maybe that’s just me.
Don’t get me wrong. I love to connect with good people, but I’m also pretty darn content with my own company.
This was my life until one day out of nowhere something inside my head snapped and I did something absolutely crazy.
I was standing in line at a burrito joint waiting to pay for my “big as a baby” burrito to-go, when I noticed the woman in front of me, who was about my age, appeared ready to eat alone, too.
That’s when a crazy thought flew into my head asking, “what if I asked her if we could sit and eat together?”
“What kind of insane person would ask a random stranger to eat dinner with her at a burrito joint?” I asked the crazy thought.
Personally, I know if someone asked me to eat with them at that moment, I’d have considered them more than a little suspect.
To tell you the truth, I’d probably have excused myself by saying, “I need to get home” or at least I’d have kept a vigilant watch on my purse (and a lid on my drink) while we ate.
FYI: The bag I carried back then was the epitome of the Vanishing Veronica Purse Process® ‘Pursonality’ archetype.
Are you surprised?
It’s true. I haven’t spent my whole life looking for my next adventure.
In fact, I spent most of it trying to keep anything that would upset the status quo at arms-length.
I’m so grateful for that crazy thought, because it presented me with an opportunity to choose a new direction for my life.
Without that crazy thought, I wouldn’t have experienced moments like the one below where I got to meet my web gal, Jill, who travels full time and works out of her RV.
The best thing about Jill (besides being a WordPress genius) is she’s trained as an anthropologist, too (which is pretty much like a unicorn meeting another unicorn)!
The most valuable thing I’ve learned through stretching myself outside my comfort zone is that the world needs me.
Not in the egomaniac way, but in the “lives have been made better because I chose to open my heart” way.
Hundreds of women have changed their lives for the better because of something I’ve said, done, or just the way I’ve hugged or looked at them after looking through their handbag.
These are women I would never have met if I hadn’t decided to take my life in a new direction. I have changed the lives of women around the world by being brave and you can do the same.
YOU are an inspiring person who will change lives and until you know that for yourself deep in your bones I’ve got your back.
BTW, I did ask the stranger at the burrito joint the crazy question and she said yes.
Her name was Sarah and we had a lovely meal and found out through our conversation that we actually had many things in common. Then we went our separate ways. It was perfect.
Until next week, BE BRAVE and adventure on!
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