“Do you talk to all Uber drivers?”

Vasha from Long Island wrote my story before we even engaged in conversation. To him, I was a mother in my early 20s. After I debunked his assumptions, he questioned my sincerity when I said that I’m not a social person. It’s interesting that a person who knows nothing about you can create¬†an entire rap sheet of who they think you are – something we have all done before and one of the many struggles of our human existence. Remember: we are biologically trained to¬†compartmentalize people. Then, we pull in our personal experiences to help us figure out our next move.¬†SoulPancake, a platform that “makes stuff that matters” – think: Kid President – mirrored my experience with Vasha, the Uber driver.¬†There have been many documented, viral, first time encounters¬†between¬†strangers – from kissing, to getting in bed, to slapping¬†¬†–¬†and I’m obsessed with all of them.¬†I don’t always talk to strangers because I’m usually suspended in what I call the purgatory for social interaction; I quietly battle between avoiding “stranger danger!” and being a kind human despite living in a world of unkind people. But when I do¬†interact with strangers,¬†I try to be compassionate, learn from and relate to them. The SoulPancake videos below¬†(two of many) are out-loud, out of body, thought proving episodes of strangers learning the person in front of them.¬†How many times did someone assume¬†you were something other than who you know yourself to be? Please watch, and let me know your thoughts/experiences! ūüôā



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