Some people may think I am naïve, wanting to change the world one smile at a time. Do I really need to take off my pink-tinted shades and stop thinking the world is full of rainbows and butterflies?
Recently, someone told me that the days of smiling at strangers were long past, that we lived in a different and dangerous world now. The fact is I read the same headlines as everyone else. I read about the sex offenders, the wars, and all of the horrible things people do. I know there are bad people in the world that make the phrase “stranger danger” a necessary caution.
The difference is I choose, each and every day, to not let it define me. I choose not to let a minority taint my view of all the amazing strangers that fill the streets of Vancouver, of this world – the strangers that smile back, the strangers with stories that inspire me, the strangers who care about our community, the strangers who make this world a better place.
“Stranger Danger” may be a necessary cautionary phrase but not a way of life. The truth is we are all strangers until we choose to make a connection. And so, I choose to keep on smiling, to keep on connecting and to keep on making the world a better place.