Next Time You’re Bored, Turn to Someone Beside You – Not to Your Phone
Communication is a crucial part of everyone’s life, but sometimes, we forget the essence of communication and even forget that we are constantly involved in that two-way process we are taught to engage in (for all the COM majors at least). With everyone so caught up with social media, real-life conversations get lost in the way. As the days get colder and the snow piles up, we all want to find someone to talk to and possibly feel a little warmer knowing that other people are there to dread the gruesome weather together. I know it might sound cliché, but appreciate every conversation you share with someone – you never know how it will affect the rest of your day and the day of the person you communicated with.
It was a very mundane Tuesday afternoon when one of the security guards at Warren Towers stroke up a conversation. I was sick, and just as I was walking to sign in, one of the guys on duty asked me what was wrong and offered me water with vinegar and salt to soothe my throat. One gesture of kindness allowed me to open up and share how terrible the weather has been and how it has brought tremendous physical and emotional stress to my daily life. For about 20 minutes, we shared a genuine conversation about life in general. It was amazing how 20 minutes could change your day, not to mention that the security guard was someone I have never met before.
We all joke about the motto, “Y.O.L.O” (You Only Live Once), but actually follow through with it–spark up a spontaneous and unexpected conversation and I promise you won’t regret it whether it is good or bad. You spent time communicating, which makes you feel alive. Maybe you’ll get lucky and you’ll share a conversation with someone who might make your day, or maybe it’ll just be mediocre. But what you’ll know is that you gave it a shot and remembered why we study communication in the first place – why it’s relevant in our society.