Last month I got to spend an amazing week down in Myrtle Beach, SC.
While there, I was reminded how very different the behavior of Americans can be based on their geographical background.
If you’ve never experienced it, Southern Hospitality is in fact a real thing.
Walking down the street in Myrtle Beach, the majority of people you pass will make eye contact, smile, and say hello.
It takes a little getting used to at first.
There were times I purposefully avoided eye contact to avoid an interaction.
However, from what I could tell, this cue does not deter the Southern “Hey, how ya doin?” nor the subsequent conversation.
Which can be tedious and extremely annoying depending on how bad your Southerner is at picking up social cues.
Overall though, I really enjoy the friendly, outgoing manners down South.
Coming back to good ole Massachusetts was certainly an adjustment!
My office building has about 20 floors with various companies.
Meaning, when you get on the elevator, chances are it’s full of strangers.
Strangers who all seem to find their shoes or their phone immensely interesting.
Some mornings I just want to start a sing along and see what happens.
When did ignoring the people around you become the polite thing to do??
I know you did not just get a super important email!!
Your screen is giant!
Everyone can see you’re on Facebook!
It’s okay to smile at your fellow man.
Shit, you can even say “Good Morning”.
I promise they won’t bite. At least I won’t 🙂
Are you one of those people in the elevator?
Or do you say “Hello” to whoever crosses your path??
Do you prefer the lack of interaction or do you wish people were more friendly?