I’ve always been jealous of smokers..let me explain.
Smokers have, from my point of view, a tight-knit community. Their shared practice allows connection to happen freely in a way that is not nearly as common in non-smokers. But why does it have to be this way?
I’m reminded of this often now that I have a dog, which is in the running for best ways to connect with strangers. I love it. As a result of Mister Leon, I’ve had so many conversations that would have never happened otherwise. It has reminded me how important connection is, especially with people we don’t otherwise know or have a reason to speak with.
Though it’s easier to look at your phone when you're in an unfamiliar environment, look up. If you’re not up for a conversation with a stranger, at least give a nice smile or “hello”. (Or my personal favorite, “howdy!”
Especially as vaccinations increase and COVID fades, we have the unique opportunity to bring back human connection in a way that had dwindled long before a pandemic hit. Let’s use this opportunity of people coming back together to its full potential.
Whether it benefits you, those you know, those you don’t know, or all of humanity, you never know what may come of it. Seek connection a little more than before, starting today.