I decided to dress a little better when I went out yesterday (in case I meet someone, I told myself). Except for my sneakers. Darn! So nice to walk in, but they’re NOT a fashionable statement.
I was glad later because I ended up sitting with two lovely Belgian women, one of whom I asked to photograph because she was so elegant that I couldn’t take my eyes off her. I think this is the best picture.
It’s a little scary to sit and talk with people you’ve never met, no matter how extroverted you may appear to be. I had to keep pulling my giddy self back down to earth to check that I was not getting too excited and off-balance.
The Madame was dining with a friend who spoke perfect English. My good fortune again. We exchanged our contact info, and I discovered that Madame is an artist. No wonder she is so beautifully arranged, I thought to myself, and of course, the hat should have been a dead giveaway. She invited me to join them for their birthday lunch, which is one day apart~ same time, same place, next month. I accepted. When I got home, I immediately wondered WHAT shall I WEAR? I need to let my artist self be as free and expressive as she does. Hmmm… Time to go shopping again? At least I need some earrings to go with the red silk flower I plan on wearing…and I promised her I would wear a hat…
I always move quickly, without a lot of pre-thought. It can and often has been a problem, and I am trying to learn to think more before I jump. However, it can also be a great advantage to be spontaneous. While other less impulsive people might have hesitated until the opportunity got up and left, it took me less than 5 full seconds to make up my mind to move, and there we were, talking as though we had known each other before.
That 5 seconds before I walked up to their table, and the 15 minutes after I had returned to mine~ with a business card in my hand, an invitation scrawled on the back, and a beating heart that was trying to calm the adrenaline rush that had just washed over it~ can reveal a few things, and makes me wonder about the assumptions that most people make about extroverted people like me.
Which are you, an introvert or an extrovert?
Do you see yourself as a mixture?
If so, how would you describe the mix?
I’ll be waiting to hear from you 🙂