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November 19, 2012 2:50 AM Subscribe
How do I become more aware of my surroundings and less of a space cadet?
posted by bearette to Human Relations (9 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Recently it has been brought to my attention by two acquaintances that they walked by me on the street and thought I completely ignored them because I looked past them and did not respond to their waves or calls. Ack! When I am walking I always am thinking of other stuff or listening to music, but I really don't want people to think I am ignoring them- I wouldn't do that. In both cases I just didn't see the people at all.
I asked a good friend if I do this and he said that sometimes I seem to be thinking of other stuff but that he doesn't feel I've ignored him. But I am a little worried that I have done this to others. I am introverted but I do want to meet more people and be on friendly terms with others. Now I am worried that some people think I am stand-offish when really the issue is I am somewhat of a space cadet (I'm pretty friendly with people I know, when I notice them!)
Do any of you have any suggestion on how to be more aware of my surroundings, notice and greet people more? I really don't want to appear unfriendly!