The Middle Seat

PROMPT: It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?


Its hard to remember what I usually do. But, I am an introvert and living 23 years on this planet with this deficiency or quality, whatever anyone wants to call it. It does not mean I am scared of strangers. Neither, I am a closed person.

The situation arises a lot of times. Its strange and interesting at the same time as to how I have acted differently at different times but across the same kind of situation. At times, I just look away from the person as if I am not hearing him. At other times, I try to relate to his words and respond to him in a soft manner slowly. However, I don’t remember a time when I made a stranger my best friend. People can call me a closed person in that respect.Β 

To be honest, I am not someone so much qualified that I initiate a conversation and carry it well for the coming 15-30 minutes. I can make up small talks. I realise this as a deficiency and would welcome help or advice from anyone who has something with them to share in this regard.

Views of some other people in this matter:


2 thoughts on “The Middle Seat

  1. Everyone is different, and as much as we can try to act like something else, you should really just be yourself πŸ™‚
    As you said in that wonderful story about the mystery girl who you were sitting next to, and suddenly ended up being a shoulder to lean on for (literally!), sometimes, you don’t need words to communicate!
    It’s clear that she realised that about you too πŸ™‚

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