Are you socially acceptable?

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Who decided what was socially acceptable and what wasn’t?

My friends, Hayley, Gayle and I were having a meal earlier this week and as usual we were busy doing a bit of people watching. It’s always fun to look at other diners and try to decide what their back story is.

Are they on a first date?

Which one of them is hiding a deep dark secret?  Like the woman who is sleeping with her husbands brother and none of their kids are actually his. Also she’s the Empress of a lost and distant planet, where camels roam free… Some of the stories can get quite silly.

We spotted our first victims, in fact they were our only victims because they were the only other people in the restaurant.

They were tricky ones though, we couldn’t quite decide what their story was. He looked a hell of a lot older than she was so we decided they were Father and Daughter. However we could only see the side of her face so it was misleading. We eventually decided that she was older than she looked, she’d had Botox, and that they were married.

I know it has absolutely nothing to do with us what their story is and you’re probably thinking;

“Why don’t you just mind your own god damn business and get on with your meal?”

Well, because it’s entertaining, we don’t point and laugh, we’re very subtle…

(Hahaha, sorry my friend Hayley and the word subtle together in the same sentence is funny. She wouldn’t know subtle if it slapped her in the face)

This whole situation started me thinking about socially acceptable behaviour. Why is it not okay for us to walk up to someone having a drink or a meal and introduce ourselves, have a drink with them, make new friends.

Why do we view this as being weird?

I’m not saying we should have gone up to this couple and asked what their deal was, obviously that is none of our business. Nor do I think it’s okay to be offensive.

It would just be a nicer, friendlier world if we weren’t so hung up on social etiquette. I think us Brits are the worst for it too, we’re too reserved and prim.

Let’s lighten up, loosen up. Introduce yourself, make some new friends, you just never know what might happen!

This Summer I encourage you to strike-up a conversation with a person who is not yet your friend. Just be careful though, don’t go picking out an axe murderer or someone who wants to wear your face…

Let me know how it goes!

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