I live in a beautiful, serene neighborhood that I love. But I’ve noticed something. When I wave to neighbors, they rarely wave back.
Now, I’m a friendly, outgoing person. This has been apparent from a very early age. As a little girl, I talked to my dolls, my stuffed animals, my Barbies, my brothers’ action figures…
Basically whenever I had a potential audience, I took the opportunity to perform, chat, sing and dance the day away for them. They were never bored—and coincidentally, neither was I.
When I go out, I gab with everyone near me. My mom sometimes jokes that I’d talk to the wall. My girlfriends often wonder why I bother to chat with perfect strangers.
The thing is this.
I believe in being open as much as possible, whenever possible. Open to meeting new people, to traveling to new places, to eating new foods. I believe in talking to strangers and hearing their stories. I believe in being friendly because I believe we cross paths with every person we meet for a reason.
Is everyone I encounter as friendly or open? Of course not! And sometimes I don’t feel like being social either. But I’ll always do my best to be polite—to treat people the way I want to be treated—since it’s just a part of who I am. And for the most part, I find myself in conversations with people who are lovely, social and warm.
So when I wave and people don’t wave back, it does bother me a little. I know in the grand scheme of life it’s a minor, insignificant thing, but that’s not the point. It simply makes me wonder—if people are so closed off to a wave, what else are they blocking out of their lives?
What’s the harm in waving? What’s the harm in a hello?
So Universe, I’ll keep being open. I’ll keep smiling. I’ll keep waving even if it goes unacknowledged. I’ll keep giving out what love I can and receiving whatever love comes back my way because in my heart I feel that’s the right thing to do. More importantly, it’s what I want to do. It pleases me to share some joy and spread a little cheer whenever possible.
The way I see it, it’s better to be the one who waved, than the one who didn’t wave back.