What is this project and why are you talking to strangers?
My name is Kenny Yang.
I have social anxiety and I’m tired of living like an ant. It’s as if I’ve been living in zombie mode for the last couple of years. Bustling around this ant colony we call earth with little human interaction.That was until one day when I decided to talk to a complete stranger.
- My world was shaken.
- My pattern was interrupted.
- My perspective shifted.
You see ever since we were little, we’ve been taught not to talk to strangers. I avoided it at all costs when I was a kid in fear of being abducted into an unmarked candy van. It was probably for the best when I was a kid.
What they didn’t tell you was that talking to strangers when you grow up is fucking awesome.
The purpose of this project is three fold. I’ll call it my Trident of Reason™. Yes I just added a trademark to that.
- Beat my social anxiety.
- Encourage more human interaction opposed to exhibit A below.
- Push my comfort zone every day.
Why is talking to strangers awesome?
Talking to strangers has allowed me to:
- Meet people that I would have never met.
- Hear stories that I would have never heard.
- Grow as a human being like I’ve never grown before.
I want to show the world that talking to strangers is an amazing experience.
What is social anxiety?
Social anxiety is a discomfort or a fear when a person is in social interactions that involve a concern about being judged or evaluated by others.
Why do you have social anxiety?
Growing up, I was overweight and with that came self consciousness. I always had constant worry about others judging me. Over the span of several years, I lost the weight but the feelings of self consciousness remained.
If you know me in person, you may see me as an out going guy but deep down I still struggle with social anxiety. I constantly feel as if I’m being judged when I’m in public. The outer fat kid may have left me but the inner fat kid is still here.
If you have social anxiety, how can you talk to strangers?
The best way I’ve found to combat social anxiety is… you guessed it. Talking to strangers!
How long are you going to be doing this?
I’m aiming for 1 year of meeting a stranger every day. Who knows.
You sound weird.
Thanks. I used to take horrible offense and think that something was wrong with me when people called me weird. Now a days it’s one of the best compliments I can get.