You’re at the store waiting for the cashier and you think you recognize the guy that’s two spots ahead of you in line. But you’re not sure because he won’t turn around, and it’s hard to confirm somebody’s identity without seeing their face. You’re debating whether or not you should tap him on the shoulder, but you don’t want it to be awkward if you’re wrong. So you bite your tongue and settle on a leaving a message on his Facebook saying that you thought you saw him at the store. And he’ll respond and say that it was him and that you should have said hello. Other times you’ll pass by somebody that looks familiar, but you can’t remember who they are or how you know them. So you don’t say anything because you’re not sure if he’s really your forgotten friend or not. And even if he is your long-forgotten friend, you still have nothing to say to him. That’s why you forgot about him in the first place. Thinking that you know somebody generally isn’t a good enough reason to start a conversation. You better to be sure that you know the guy.
Critically Rated at 7/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young