I’m trying to commit to this in college, and it’s going pretty well so far.
It’s not a complete solution to my insecurity, but hey, it’s a start.
2) Eating by yourself.
Lots of people do it; at the dining halls here, loners eat in front of a TV together. Everyone’s on their phone (this bothers me), and I try to force myself to just sit and eat my food.
There’s no shame in eating alone. Not everyone has the time to wait for a friend…some of us are in hurries to get to class; we just need something in our stomachs.
3) Ditching your phone.
There is something interesting about sitting in a classroom before the rest of the class files in, or sitting on a moving bus with nothing to do, but resisting the urge to fiddle with your phone.
Why not just stare straight ahead or take the time to look at what’s around you? Who knows, maybe you’ll strike up a life-changing conversation, or you’ll realize how pretty that lamp in the corner is, how come I’ve never noticed it before?
4) Being a novice.
Take new classes in college, whether it be German or a hip-hop instructional class once a week. I like to remind myself that I am in no way perfect, that I am not done maturing, and that everyone I’ll ever meet is so much better than me in so many ways.