Have you ever faced a situation when you immediately wanted to run after seeing somebody you know? Well, it happens to me and it happens many times. I don’t know I feel like I have reached a point in my life where I don’t want to say Hi to everybody I know. It’s not like I have a personal problem with them or I dislike them. It’s just that sometimes I just want to spend some me time and do not want any interference. It generally happens with acquaintances, not my friends. I would like to mention here that I love my friends and I always say Hi to them, but its acquaintances whom I prefer to ignore sometimes.
In fact, sometimes when I went out with my sister, it becomes really annoying as every time she comes across any acquaintance in the street, she immediately starts talking to them even if she met them only once in her lifetime. So basically, there are two types of people out there, the one is like my sister who say Hi to everybody she know and the other type is me who immediately turn and walk in the other direction.
I am not an introvert in fact, I love talking to people, but I prefer to interact with people I know. After all, when you know someone, you feel connected, you know each other inside out, you both share the bond and that is when you feel the urge of talking. That’s the reason I prefer talking to my friends only in public places and try to ignore acquaintances as much as I can.
This situation becomes even more difficult when you go for a walk in your hometown. If you are someone who often come across such situation in life, here are few things you should definitely try to save yourself from facing such situations.
Pretend that somebody is calling you and it’s urgent
Yes, your phone acts as your best friend in such situation. I have tried this trick many times and trust me it works. Everyone values the word “urgent”, so take advantage of it whenever you can. It also works whenever you are surrounded around strangers as it is always better to pretend that you are not alone.
You don’t need to be rude, all you need to do is to politely say, “ Hi! How are you? I am sorry, I’m on a call, it’s urgent.” See, it’s quite easy, just be nice and gentle. Cool? Isn’t it?
Turn around immediately and walk in the other direction
I know it is not as easy as it sounds. But there is only one way out of this situation. Just turn around as quick as you can. Even if you have made eye contacts, even if they have raised hands to say hello. Just turn around and pretend like you haven’t seen them. Pretend like you naturally turned and walked away. And yes, do not look back.
If you are present in a Supermarket, Pretend you are looking for something and is busy
I have tried this thousand of times, sometimes it works for me and sometimes not. If you come across any such weird situation, immediately pick the item present next to you and pretend like you are looking for some other item and is busy. And yes, pray that they do not come to say hello to you. Look focused and extremely busy to avoid any weird conversation.
Just hide yourself under a table, or cover your face with a scarf
It may sound crazy to you, but it’s okay to be crazy at times. After all, you have one life to do things you like and talking to acquaintances is not something you like, so hide under the table or anything present around you. But make sure they don’t see you while doing it as it can put you in danger. You might hurt their feelings, but It is totally up to you to decide what you want to do. Many of us also use scarves to cover our faces while going out in the sun or in winters, so always carry a scarf with yourself while roaming out in the town. It helps. You should definitely try it.