Talk to Someone

Talk to Someone

A Lesson by Violet Rose

People are always a great inspiration, as we are a species that must find thrills in life


Talk to Strangers


We live in a society where no one’s life is completely uneventful. Anyone and everyone can benefit from another person’s experience, not to mention the fact that a lot of people are very lonely.


  • Volunteer at a nursing home. A lot of the good people in these homes have lived honest, hard lives and have overcome many obstacles. They can tell you about the wars they’ve fought in, true, but more importantly, they can tell you how they scraped money to pay for groceries, reared a rebellious child out of a drug addiction or just a little tip to live by. To volunteer, see if your local hospital has a retirement facility they have incorporated. If it doesn’t, talk to a local church member; they often make rounds and will help you get in. Last, if you’re a very bold person, call a local home yourself; most receptionist will eagerly invite you into the center.
  • Invest in birds. Buy cheap cereal, like Dollar Store Wheat-O’s, or gather the loaves of bread that molded too quickly. Then take a stroll/ride your bike to a grassy area, whether it be a park, river side, or an ornate parking lot. Sit on the bench and throw the bread relatively close to your feet, but far enough that birds will come to you. People are naturally drawn to folks who are liked by animals.
  • Take the dog out. Talk to other people out walking the dog.
  • Stand in a long line. Go to the biggest store on a Saturday, preferably around noon. Wal Marts work especially well. Gather up the things you need, but keep your unusual items on top; these will serve as your conversation pieces. Scout for a long line, but with a social person in the back. You can tell prime candidates by the way they stand (still, slightly slouched and relaxed) and where they are looking (toward the aisles, looking for something they missed; at other customers, looking for conversation). Start a conversation. Make your conversation pieces painfully obvious (i.e. baby toys, boxed jewelry, curtains for a new bathroom).
  • Talk to the relatives you were always told not to talk to. Look through old address books and find the names of people you’ve never heard of. Ask your family about the name, just in case the person has passed away. If your relatives suggest “he’s just not the same” or “he’s nuttier than squirrel poop” then you have found your inspiration source. Look up the area code of the phone number if it is not local and try to call the person at a convenient time. (You can never go wrong with 6:15!) Introduce yourself and try to pick at conversation. If the person doesn’t want to talk, politely acknowledge this and hang up. An easier method (and one in which you will certainly have more permanent inspiration from) is to send letters. Stray away from cards, as they can seem cheesy and “Can you send me one back, preferably with money/a gift card in between the folds?”


**Always stay in a public place so that you can get help if something should go wrong.

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Posted 1 Year Ago

This is so helpful !! I wonder why I haven't seen it before now hehe.
Thank you kindly!

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Posted 3 Years Ago

I really like the nursing home idea...old folks are bound to have interesting stories to tell, and plenty of time to tell them.
Plus they deserve for someone to be interested enough to listen...

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Posted 5 Years Ago

Really awesome stuff that I'll definitely have to try thank you :)

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Posted 6 Years Ago

That is a great idea. I won't even steal it; it's so good :)

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Posted 6 Years Ago

This reminds me of something I find helpful sometimes... People Watching. Go somewhere public, like a restaurant and just sit and "eat" while watching others go about their lives. A restaurant is good, because the people come in and stay for a while, then more people come in... it's a good cycle. So long as you hit it during a lunch or dinner rush. Sometimes people dive out at you as characters, and that often leads to a story.

Any rate... good ideas.
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