The other day I stumbled upon an article which resonated with me.
I usually avoid “list articles” as the voices Im drawn to dont typically lend themselves to 8 Ways to Drink More Water Than You Ever Dreamed Possible or 5 Tips for Creating the Life You Want in 7 Seconds.
This article, however, had me nodding in agreement as it listed ways/tips to be more interesting.
First, it reminded me of a story (yes. apologies but that IS your cue to have a seat & relax. Im going to yammer.).
Nothing major but a perceived vibe on my end the husband found me boring.
I interpreted his verbal/non-verbal responses as those of: Yeah I know. Ive heard it and seen it all before…
I recall saying to him (in my perhaps misplaced yet ever-present it’s SO YOU and NOT ME way):
Youre responding to me as if Im boring. Im many things–annoying, overly talkative etc—but I know Im not boring.
I remember this interaction because it was an ah ha! moment for me, too.
My self-confidence (misplaced or not) has never been faked for the facebook or blog—yet it was *in that instance* I realized I was interesting.
Sure I may also be irritating & exhausting (Im nothing if not self-aware) but Im not boring.
(it was, if you recall, a HERCULEAN TASK for me to become bored)
The article also sparked for me the realization the very notion of being interesting is inextricably tied with getting outside of ourselves.
Being interesting is the same as healthy living (OH SNAP! see? I managed to tie it back to what this blog is *supposed* to be about!):
It is all about the 80/20.
Being interesting is EIGHTY PERCENT focusing outside of yourself & TWENTY PERCENT sharing the humble brag in the same way healthy living is EIGHTY PERCENT abut living clean and TWENTY percent frolickingandfun.
Id never considered what it took to be interesting because from my vantage point we’re all interesting.
We all have stories, passions & unique freak-flags we fly—whether we do it publicly or not.
Actually—now that Ive sucked up 2 minutes & 35 seconds of your life youll never get back—being INTERESTING is as simple as living this Dr. Seuss quote:
Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
- Have you read the Forbes article? What was your initial reaction?
- What traits do YOU find makes someone interesting?