I meet new people in this job regularly. If I’m doing it well, I meet them daily. This week I made a good connection with someone across the street at the University of Saint Francis’ downtown campus. Being that they are so close, you would hope for a relationship. But, to no one’s fault, there’s definitely room to grow in that aspect and I’m determined to explore how.
This a reminder that connections can be so easily made or ignored. I’m sure we often pass by people, sometimes maybe even the same people, on a regular basis without even extending a ‘hello.’ It’s strange that as someone in the communications field, I sometimes do this. We get so wrapped up in our heads and what we’re doing that we extend a friendly smile as a greeting rather than a verbal expression. I think I am half extroverted and half introverted. I went to a dinner where we talked about extroversion and introversion and it was interesting yet reassuring to realize this is okay. Yet, those moments of not saying hello are few and far between for me these days. Maybe it’s because I love my job? (and Trinity. Yes, I am biased here.)
It wouldn’t be hard to go about your schedule day in and day out in your own bubble. For whatever reason that may be. I imagine it would get rather lonely. Communicating with people is essential to human function, I think. I watched a show about surviving on an island and that came to be one of the reoccurring themes the contestants brought up. At the beginning, they were dropped off alone and could decide to stay that way or go find people. They had different approaches. Some decided to stay alone and try to survive and others went to look for a partner in the mission. All of them eventually said that human contact and relation is crucial to survival.
Alone time is also huge for me. I can talk all day, be in meetings all day, bounce from event to event. Then at the end of the day, I need to unwind and unplug. Finding this balance can be a challenge too.
I’m looking forward to working with my new connection at USF and hope it leads to important relationships. I love this community and want to be as connected as possible. But, afterwards I’ll still then go retreat to my cozy house, put my electronics away, and hang with my cat.
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