In the past week, I've had four strangers start conversations with me.
With London tending to be a very insular place, and people tending to keep to themselves, I initially thought that it must be one of the following:
1) They were mad.
2) I looked so miserable that they felt sorry for me.
3) They were mad.
4) They were friendly sociable people
5) They were barking mad!
In the end, I opted for number 5. Although number 4 was a close second.
These encounters have set me thinking. When I was younger, I was well disposed to everyone. I would pass the time of day with anyone who vaguely looked in my direction. Unfortunately, I've become a bit too wrapped up in my head these days, and was beginning to think that people were there just to annoy me. In short, I was well on the way to becoming the original Grumpy Old Man.
If these people are willing to take a risk and chat to me, then maybe I should be doing the same thing. How can I write characters with depth, if I stick to the same few close friends, and scowl at everyone else who comes near?
Is it too late in the year to start a New Years Resolution? From now on, I am a People Person again!