So I've done some thinking, and soul-searching. I realize I am not the person I want to be. I want to be the kind of person who can feel completely comfortable in the presence of strangers, or in social events, such as parties where I don't know many people. When I am with my friends, I am totally outgoing, and a lot of people don't know that I have a fair bit of social anxiety. I can go to parties or other social functions and be relatively comfortable as long as I have that close group of people to fall back to. If I want to become the person I want to be, I have to push myself out of my comfort zone. I ran across a blog the other day that got me thinking, and inspired me to do something I have been considering for a long time. It's called "social skydiving." The basic challenge is this: strike up a conversation with a total stranger every day for 30 days. By the end of it, I will be more comfortable in highly social situations, and I might even get some good stories out of it. No matter what way I look at it, it can only do me good. There are no negatives. To make it more measurable, and to make me less likely to flake out after a week, I am adding additional rules: 1) After day 5, conversations have to go back and forth more than 4 times. This will prevent me from getting in a rut and just saying "hi, how's it going?. . .I'm great, thanks". I want to give myself a few days to work up to that, otherwise I will make excuses to myself about it being too hard. 2) I can skip a total of 3 days, but I have to make them up at some point - essentially just shifting the remaining days by one. No skipping during the first week. Is anyone else interested in doing this with me? I feel that it will be too easy to get lazy and just give up. I want some actual physical incentive to stick with it. I really want to finish the entire 30 days because I think it can only make me a better person. If I can get a group of people together, we can encourage each other, share our successes, rejections, interesting stories, etc. I know I will be less likely to give up if other people know I'm giving up. I don't like to look like a failure in front of other people. Plus, I just think it will be more fun if we have a little group going Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Let me know if you would be interested. I am doing this regardless of how many other people I get. I will keep you posted of my progress. TL;DR: I'm going to strike up conversations with random strangers for 30 days straight, and I want other people to join me in the challenge. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!