Thursday, 7 July 2016

Meaningful conversation

“If we’re going to talk, then let’s talk. Forget about what is polite or proper and delve right into what is sincere and honest. Lead me down through the labyrinth of your true, spectacular self. I am not interested in pleasantries. If you want a conversation, then let’s get lost” – Beau Taplin

If there's one thing I have learnt about working in an office, is that I'm rubbish at small talk.

If I'm honest, I just don't enjoy listening to monotonous pleasantries, or more accurately, people moaning to me about how their husband didn't wash up last night or how you spent your evening clipping your toe nails. Sometimes you ask someone how they are and just expect a 'yeah, fine thanks, you?' in return, don't you?

I currently sound like a bitch but bear with me.

I actually love people. If you came to me with anything, I'd immediately drop what I am doing to help you or listen to you. I love deep conversation, I love learning and I love asking questions. Most importantly, I love learning about how people have become the person they are today; what they've been through in life, what they've experienced and coped with.

And that's what I miss.

I miss sheer, brutal honesty. I miss spending hours away from a screen, talking to a person for hours and hours, about anything and everything. Discovering who they are or devising a plan to conquer the world. Y'know, like when we were kids and you'd sit in a den chatting about every single thought that entered your mind. Before the polite and reserved socially acceptable norm was thrust upon you.

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