This weekend I was fortunate to bike ride with a friend at sunrise along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront.
The weather was cool and a bit on the damp side, much preferable to heat. The vistas were breathtaking, and especially unique for someone like me, who rarely travels beyond the suburbs.
I try to make it a practice to greet people that I encounter and in DuPage county I am almost always given a nod, a smile or a return hello. Not so in Chicago, where only two people responded to me. I found this fact sad. All of those people, and all of them traveling alone. Perhaps it is the way that you survive in the city. Perhaps people learn that friendliness is only an excuse to ask for money, or some such thing.
With that said, their lack of communication did not diminish the awesome beauty of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline. I told my friend that that we should return to this path at least one more time before the cold winds of winter return.
Today I will continue to smile and greet strangers. Consider joining me in this simple campaign of friendliness. You may brighten someone’s day and a return smile will brighten your day.