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My 2015 #sayhitoastranger experience

I cannot tell you how much I love this movement. But don’t confuse love with ease – changing the world doesn’t happen after just one event! The first time my colleague Kaare challenged the city (of what – 3 million people? No biggie…) to say hi to each other for a weekend and see what would happen, I must admit I loved the idea. But when I went out on my own in November 2013 to do it for myself… it wasn’t that easy for me. I’m not a natural talker and I usually like to keep to myself.   The very first thing that I learned was how important it is to make eye contact with strangers first. If you go around saying hello, people may not know you are speaking with them, especially on transit, when most everyone has headphones on and are looking down at their phones (I was!).   So I decided that the Skytrain platform or train was not the best way to test it out. But when I went on the street, I went one person at a time. That first “hi” – and a “hi” back. YES! From there, I went on my weekend morning run saying hi to my neighbours. People were surprised, but pleasantly. I don’t remember getting any adverse reactions.   Fast forward to 2014, Kaare said she wanted to put it on again, this time with the manpower and lead time needed. I could have just let her be and participated again on my own, but a greater force compelled me to help more. I thought that if Conscious PR stepped...