Remember the part from the film, Titanic, when after the ship goes down and people are floating in the water, the life boat goes out to rescue possible survivors? The officer stands at the bow of the boat and calls out, “Hello! Is anybody out there?! Can anybody hear me?!” And his voice echoes out across the water.
Yeah. Sometimes that’s how I feel: just kind of calling out and echoing, hoping for someone to respond. So it’s really nice when someone shouts out. (Or whistles, in the case of Titanic.)
And remember the Dr. Seuss book, “Are You My Mother?” where the bird goes looking for its mother and meets all these different characters? I’m not looking for my mother, since I know perfectly well who she is, but I am interested in meeting new characters. And by “characters,” I mean not fictional ones in books, but real people. And by “real people,” I mean you. And by “you,” I mean, well, you. I can’t break that down any further.
I gained inspiration for this post after reading my friend Nate’s blog, who asked his readers to introduce themselves to him. I don’t know about Nate, but I was shocked that no one responded. It made me wonder why and also made me want to try it for myself. Maybe A Year Here visitors might feel comfortable saying hello.
(There’s nothing to lose, really. I’ve already put myself out there, and so it’s definitely too late to withold some information…I mean, I have no idea who you are and you know the relative size of my these. If that’s not a one-sided relationship, I don’t know what is.)
So if you feel inclined and willing to take a moment to say hello, I think it would be awesome to meet you. No pressure–just a quick hello and maybe where you live. And if you’re really an awesome human, you will shower me with compliments and blank checks. Again, though, no pressure. I will joyfully accept any greeting, as long as it’s there!