Today I was listening to a guy talk non stop about every subject possible for about 40 minutes straight. I'm not kidding, he seemed to have some level of knowledge on every subject you can think of. He was interesting, not necessarily a know-it-all, and there happened to be 4 other people standing there in the conversation and I think we all kind of felt that way. How do you have info on sooooo many subjects in your head AND have the ability to relay it in an intelligent manner? I think it is a gift. I can't even think of the right word half the time. Today I said 'mile' for the word 'acre'. WHAT? yep. I said "About 10 miles" in response to someone's question, fully meaning "About 10 acres". They politely stared at me. And probably thought 'My god. she's an idiot. why am I having this conversation?'
Sometimes I wish I was a great communicater. An easy talker. Engaging and confident. It's not my strong suit. It never has been. Speech class in school used to make me nauseous. (Thinking about speech class used to make me nauseous) I have long admired my friends and co-workers that are comfortable giving talks. (I'm looking at you,Shelley and Roy Diblik among others) It's probably a good attribute to have when being in any situation, actually. What, exactly makes me nervous, I don't even know, especially if I know the subject matter. It's just one of those things. I have two children who love being performers. What is that gene? I am devoid of it.
In other news, but still related, I did see many people from my 'past' today.( I attended the ilandscape show, which is a giant trade show for landscape industry professionals) That was weird and cool and I enjoyed seeing them all...One girl I worked with at least 35 years ago!!! AND she remembered 2 books I once gave her. Me-no recollection of that. ( I told her to just keep them. HA. ) An old friend (from that same work place) that I haven't seen in a couple ( four? five?) years. And an array of people that looked familiar...that I may or may not have worked with. lol. x