I thanked them and confessed that I’d much rather be stopped than get a Facebook message later from someone saying they saw me in public but didn’t have the courage to stop me. That happens all too often.
Let’s be clear: I’m not famous, just ask my kids. For even writing this column, I could be arrested for impersonating a noteworthy person. The fact that anyone would want to meet me is an Area 51 mystery.
But it’s not about being famous. It’s about whether our interests align. If you’re a football fan and you see someone you admire, say hello. If you see an actor whose work you enjoy, tell them so.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a photo, an autograph, or to pose that question that’s always intrigued you. Be polite, be considerate, but most importantly, be courageous.
Some opportunities only come around once. When you see someone interesting, even if only interesting to you and no one else, say hello. You might be surprised how much they appreciate it.
And even if you see someone not very famous and mostly uninteresting, say hello anyway. You’ll be surprised how much I appreciate it.
Have you met anyone interesting to you? Share your experiences at email@example.com.
Jason F. Wright is a New York Times best-selling author of eight books, including "Christmas Jars," "The Wednesday Letters" and "The Wedding Letters." He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.jasonfwright.com.
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