6. Your Participation Defines your Experience:
I knew beforehand that the Irish were renowned for their friendliness & welcoming nature. Plenty of times, a complete stranger made attempts to reach out and strike a conversation, but reaching out yourself, was always greeted with enthusiasm and pleasantries too.
For an introvert, striking conversations with complete strangers was a real step out of my comfort zone, but isn’t that exactly what this is all about? I completely enjoy a pint of beer by myself in a quaint little pub without a trace of human company, but somehow, reaching out to such wonderful people feels greatly endearing.
It’s important to watch what your body language says. Most people want to reach out to you because you’re evidently a new face in places where everybody knows everyone; but you could look cold and uninviting, huddled together in your own group at the remotest corner table in the room or you could sit in the middle and look aware of your surrounding patrons and be pleasant in general. You could stand with folded arms, watching a local favorite troupe of musicians perform or you could jump right in and cheer like a hooligan – just generally, people will always reach out to a happy looking person, and for me, what makes travel immensely rewarding is the people you meet, and not so much the places you visit. So next time you’re out there by your own, try and strike up a conversation with that stranger next to you or at least look pleasantly interested and hope they get that you’re just shy! 🙂