Growing up, most kids have the same thing drilled over and over again into their minds from parents, relatives, teachers and other adult personnel: “Do not talk to strangers.”
Having been told the same thing repeatedly will eventually stick into your mind, something that most of us still carry through our every day life, even as adults.
In fact, this “rule” that was taught to us as children is only part of the reason that even as adults we still don’t like talking to strangers.
The big question here is, could that teaching of potential safety, actually cause more harm than good in later aspects of life, particularly when we become adults?
There are actually many good things that can come from speaking with strangers, here are just a few of them.
Lets say that you are sitting on a train, a man comes and sits next to you; most people would not openly talk to them out of sheer fear.
Now, for instance, lets say that you go out of your comfort zone and strike up a conversation.
You might learn that he could be going through some of the same personal issues as you are currently fighting.
Maybe, the two of you could help each other by sharing some helpful ideas to deal with the problem.
Maybe, he majored in English in college and you are currently struggling in that subject, there is a possibility that he might have some very helpful advice to get you through the semester.
A positive thing to remember is, every single person we come in contact with in our daily lives, knows something that we do not.
Knowledge is power, learning from others is the most efficient way to enhance personal growth.
Being outspoken with acquaintances might not only help you become smarter, but it can also help one of the biggest problems we face as a community; ignorance and empathy.
The more often you find yourself in a conversation with someone that maybe you would have normally never spoken to in a prior engagement, might have this stranger opening up to you.
If this is the case, they will probably talk about past life experiences, some of them might be painful things that have happened to them.
When hearing about a situation some a personal victim, can be a lot more effective to the brain when you can hear the pain in someones voice, see the remembrance in their eyes when talking about a certain subject.
Maybe, this stranger was bullied, and maybe lately you have found yourself not being so nice to another person.
Hearing and seeing first hand by a complete stranger what the effect of such behavior actually are, might change the way you look at a situation and evaluate your own actions to essentially be a better person.
When we are facing a personal problem with work, relationships, jobs and other personal life issues.
Sometimes it can be the best cure to let all of these feelings out to a complete stranger, than to someone we know or a family member.
You never know who you might be around that is really in need of getting a few things off of their chest.
If you spot someone who might look like they are having a hard day, never be afraid to approach them, maybe you could not only help them, but then understand the problem better for yourself if you ever have to face it later in the future.
Being outspoken could possibly safe someones life.
If you are a regular viewer of the news or any internet channel, you will see obscene videos of people being hurt, robbed, beaten, kidnapped and many other crimes in public settings.
While watching these videos that all have one thing in common, there is normally a crowd of by-standers doing nothing, but watching this crime unfold.
Most abusers do not handle irruption in a crime well, they normally play the plan step by step through their minds before they actually put the idea to action.
If even one little thing goes off of the original way they assumed this crime would happen, the attacker normally goes into a panic mode and nine out of ten times will flee the scene.
If you see someone in any of these situations, the best thing you can do to help is make sure the attacker knows that someone is on the victims side and they are not alone.
To do this, you could beginning yelling, screaming or just asking normal questions to the attacker such as, “How was your day?” or “What is your name?” is a calm, stern voice.
It will distract the attacker enough to allow the victim to escape.
Being out spoken with strangers can help protect you against harassment, safe someones life, help you grow as a person, open your views of other cultures and help build your confidence.
Next time you are in a public setting, talk to as many people as you can; you never know where the conversation might lead.