At the bus stop. On your phone. Eating lunch. On your phone. By yourself. On your phone. Sitting with friends. On your phone.
We’re so busy and occupied by the device in our hands that we’ve begun to neglect our social surroundings. It’s so rare to have someone walk up to us and say, “hey, how’s your day been?”. We’re presented with this ‘perfect’ reality on the internet; glamorous photos, endless parties… do we really know what’s happening in other people’s lives? How do we know whether the person sitting across the table from us is struggling?
We don’t. Because we’re not noticing.
Instead of staring down at a screen all the time, why not use the time to brighten up someone’s day?
1. Approach a stranger
(while waiting in line, at the bus stop, even at lunch!)
2. Find out 4 things about them
(what are they studying? What are their interests? Where have they been?)
Every person has their own story. Hear about it, learn from it, be inspired or maybe even help.
3. Ask to take a photo with them!
(explain the cause and make sure they’re okay with their photo being posted in a public space)
4. Upload to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #xawkwardturtle
or post it on our Facebook page!
Challenge your friends. Share your stories. Promote social change!
There’s bound to be a few awkward encounters. But don’t let that stop you and don’t be afraid to say, “hey!”. Sometimes, a small compliment or a single smile is all it takes to brighten someone’s day.
Change begins with one step. Let’s be the one to make it.