Year of the Social Animal

So we’re just over one week on from New Year’s Day now. How many of you are still keeping those resolutions that you set yourself for 2012? This week and next is the peak time for people to start dropping their resolutions and pretending that they never made them – sneaky eh!

You don't think I'm perfect?

Personally, I’ve made one that I plan on keeping as long as possible. This, in itself, is a rarity as I never make resolutions for reasons that I don’t really remember. I think it was something to do with my bitter, cynical, teenage-self believing that I was too cool to make resolutions. Well, that’s changed at my ancient age of nearly 25. Now it’s time to reassess, grow and improve myself through my singular resolution:

 I must meet at least one new person every week

 

Easy you might cry, but trust me, this is not as easy as you would believe. There are set rules in place, loving created by my friends, to torment me into keeping this resolution for the next year. They are as follows:

  1. I must keep a log of everyone I meet, including name and location of meeting. This is in the form of my diary. Not a journal before you make any presumptions – just a diary for appointments!
  2. This person cannot be someone I have a fleeting conversation with – ie. Shop assistant, bartender, lost tourist on the street etc. It must include at least a five minute conversation and their name. No name equals a failure.
  3. One is the minimum requirement – I should aim for as many as possible. (The original aim was one a day, but we realised that I would either end up making friends with hobos, or going insane, so I adjusted the resolution.)
  4. Christmas Day is an exception!

 So how have I been getting on? Surprisingly well actually. I ran a few attempted trials between the 28th and 1st to assess how much success I would have and the results were good. Since the first, I have met:

1st: Hugo – Bar Manager (who gave us free drinks and knew a friend of mine – success!)

2nd: No one

3rd: Martin, Olva and Laura – Bar Staff (With which I had a 30 minute chat)

4th: No one

5th: No one

6th: Martin – Economics Lecturer

7th: Izzy and Sousan – Friends of a Friend at a dinner party

8th: No one

Not a bad start eh! In eight days, I have met seven people. I like these odds. Whilst a number of them I am unlikely to form a blossoming friendship with, there is every chance that some of them will become regular contacts. This makes the resolution worthwhile for me, being the sociable creature I am, and long may it continue…without sending me too insane.

For now,

Simon

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