I was talking to my fabulous friend Amina the other day and she looked at me like I was bat.shit.crazy when I told her I frequently go a day or two without talking to anyone.
I’m notorious for taking “personal days” when I respond to no one and spend a day completely in my own company, ignoring the outside world.
Which she completely understands and occasionally does herself.
But she couldn’t understand that I would regularly go a whole day without texting or calling a friend or family member.
(Please note, she does NOT count Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform as acceptable substitutes for a text or phone call. As someone who works in marketing and uses most of these platforms daily, I strongly disagree, but will humor her for the sake of this post.)
Now, before you also think I’m some psychopathic introvert, let me explain.
I talk to people every day. These interactions are usually at work, the gym, or the store. They aren’t always people I know personally. But I do talk to people!
I’ve never been a big phone talker.
When I was growing up we had one phone, in the kitchen, where everyone could hear you, so there was really no such thing as a private conversation.
As an adult, I worked for more years than I care to remember as a customer service rep and grew to despise speaking to anyone on the telephone.
And quite frankly, I don’t know if I’m going deaf in my old age or cell phone reception just sucks, but I feel like I can never quite hear anyone clearly when talking on the phone these days.
Rather than just “uh huh” and pretend I heard what was said (repeating myself is a huge pet peeve so I try my best not to make others do it) I’d rather just make plans to see you in person. It’s more fun that way anyway!
Her reaction did get me thinking though.
As I’m living alone again these days, if I disappeared, would anyone notice?
Thankfully I’m not a crazy cat lady (or a fan of cats period) so I’m not in any danger of dying and having my face eaten off.
But I think I might need to start interacting with my friends and family on a more regular basis and not just to make plans.
I don’t want to be that woman discovered dead after neighbors start complaining about a foul odor.
How about you guys?
Do you talk to someone every day?
Is it the same someone?
Do you call people just to say “hi”?
Would anyone notice if you disappeared for a couple days?