The indominable Aeon Magazine had an intriguing article entitled, Why speaking to yourself in the third person makes you wiser and Chris thought it presented an interesting proposition. Talking about onself in the third person, much like a stereotypical Hollywood barbarian, supposedly engenders a better understanding of other people.
Chris decided on going out for dinner the other night. He was already stressing over his upcoming cardiac stress test on Wednesday, coupled with a new job looming on the horizon, and finding out his nephew had a concerning incident. The one way Chris knows how to manage anxiety is by stress eating.
He got himself a slice of pizza, an Italian hot dog, and a carbonated beverage. His company was a science fiction anthology about aliens on Earth edited by Neil Clarke.
While waiting for dinner, a cute girl was enquiring about her order and asked what he was reading. They talked for a few minutes and it felt easy, rather than expressing desperation on his part or annoyed tolerance being confronted by an autist. She’s a dental hygienist student at Monmouth University.
After he finished eating, and reading one of the stories, he got up and found the young woman had already left with her friend.
To say Chris felt empowered is an understatement. He didn’t care that it was just a little moment, a little connection, rather than something more profound.