The Conversationalist

Does no one talk any­more? It feels as if every­one needs to be doing some­thing in order to be enter­tained. I remem­ber try­ing to get togeth­er with an old friend for some drinks, maybe a cof­fee so that I could find out how he was doing. We were good friends in high school, and since I had­n’t seen him in three years, I thought it would be a good oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about what he had been doing. When we were actu­al­ly able to get togeth­er, we end­ed up play­ing board games. I had a good time, but it felt odd that I did­n’t have any news from him by the time I left.

I under­stand that most peo­ple are busy with school, espe­cial­ly in fourth year, so that relax­ation time ends up being hard-core play­ing and drink­ing time, which does­n’t involve some­thing as lack­adaisi­cal as talk­ing. I’ve been able to meet some good con­ver­sa­tion­al­ists, like Dina, Pat, Aaron, or Nick, but they’re gen­er­al­ly too busy to speak with. I don’t think any­one is at fault here, I guess I just wish that more peo­ple would be inter­est­ed in con­ver­sa­tion, who could com­mit more time to it.

I think it’s the fact that my brain is exer­cised when I can talk with some­one. Many thoughts that are cloudy in my head become more solid­i­fied. I’m also able to learn so much when some­one has a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive, and learn­ing feels so good. It’s a pity that I don’t know more peo­ple that I can sim­ply talk to. I haven’t had a nice, long con­ver­sa­tion pos­si­bly in a year, since gen­er­al­ly all oth­er con­ver­sa­tions feel rushed from work or school. No one has the time to talk until 3 am any­more.

It’s going to be a long night.

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