30 Minus 2 Days of Writing: Incommunicado (13/28)
adverb or adjective
: not able to communicate with other people : in a situation or state that does not allow communication with other people
Once again, I find myself scratching my head at one of these crazy prompts.
So this time, it’s incommunicado.
As you can see, from my dictionary beginning, it means to not be able to be able to communicate with other people. For those who know me, you realize this is not me.
Not one bit.
I work in communications. I formerly worked in newspapers. My undergrad and graduate degrees are in journalism/mass communications and journalism, respectively.
To say I am incommunicado would be extremely difficult to defend.
I’ve traveled by myself and never seem to have problems getting into conversations. Sometimes, if I feel like I don’t want to speak with anybody, I’ll just people watch. But I always will say hi and won’t refuse a good run with some BS.
And public speaking? Love it. Sure, I’ll get a small feel of nerves, but it disappears quickly enough.
This past summer, I went on a cruise. I knew the bride and groom, the groom’s brother and the person I was rooming with — who I had met the week leading into the cruise. I made friends with others in the wedding party, but I also enjoyed striking up conversations with random people throughout the trip. Talk about learning about different people and backgrounds … it was wonderful.
Now, don’t get me wrong — there are times when I feel a little uncomfortable because of a situation. Still, I can find a way to be at ease with the actual situation and strike up a conversation.
I have known people who may not fully be incommunicado, but show tendencies toward it. Many times, there is no issue with it. Others, there is. It’s an individual thing.
With all that in mind, the beauty of humanity is there are so many different people out there. So make sure you reach out to them and say hi. Don’t be afraid. And, if all goes well, maybe you’ll find a way to make someone who is incommunicado come out of their shell just a bit.
This is part of We Work for Cheese’s annual writing challenge. Despite what might be blamed, I had nothing to do with it. Go check them out for other crazy writers doing this challenge.
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