I went to a meeting yesterday, and it sparked some thoughts.
Firstly, it corresponded with my recent view of following an impulsive yet seemingly meaningful path through the day. I wasn’t actually planning on attending the meeting. I had just finished participating in an exercise study on campus and was hungry. Recalling that there was a meeting soon, about fifteen minutes after I finished, I walked over to the building directly, which brings me to my second point.
It was a fairly formal event. The majority of men were wearing ties, and there were many dress-clad women as well. I was wearing jeans, a smelly spandex t-shirt, a light jacket, and tennis shoes. It was very warm, and I was still sweating from the exercise earlier. I am rarely under-dressed, and I have never been so severely undressed in my life. I tried not to let this get in the way of light socializing, and surprisingly, most people didn’t even seem to notice. Though I didn’t like presenting myself as such, I don’t think it was as big of a deal as I initially imagined. Perhaps, as Twain says, “Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.” I acknowledge that there are more important things, however, I still enjoy dressing to the nines.
The third big thought was inspired by a speech. The president of my university was there, and he spoke. The speech shared some personal anecdotes, but the main theme centered on personal communication and physical interaction. I am interested in his entire philosophy behind this and was thinking I should contact him about it. Though I have never had a full conversation with him, he has waved to me when passing (even though he knows me not) and has cheerfully conversed with strangers in my presence.
Uncertain of my path as I am, I feel quite sure that it will include interaction with people.