At my young and tender age I am about to embark on my first ever solo (in that I am not going with anyone I know) travel adventure. As a sociable introvert this fills me with trepidation as I have calculated that I have 384 hours of possible communication time. I love interacting with people but my limit is about 5 hours with good friends and 2 hours with strangers and then my battery needs to be recharged.
So I pondered, and in today’s world of positive thinking I decided to think positively and embrace the words of Abraham Lincoln “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” So I looked for the roses and realised I could reduce the 384 hours:
I can watch movies on the plane and ignore my fellow passengers – approximately 10 hours.
I have a potential 48 hours of sea sickness at the beginning of the journey. Together with jet lag this will make talking to people very difficult (especially if I am vomiting).
I plan to do a plunge into guaranteed sub-freezing waters of -2.8 degrees Celsius. This may give me teeth chattering mild hypothermia which has the following symptoms:
- Faster breathing
- Trouble speaking
- Slight confusion
- Lack of coordination
- Increased heart rate
I am not sure how long the hypothermia will last (the vodka that will be administered to me will probably not help my communication skills either). Let’s assume 3 hours in total.
Excluding my sea sickness I will be sleeping for about 85 hours.
There will be presentations that may use up 10 to 20 talking hours.
I then have another potential 48 hours of sea sickness at the end of the trip.
I can watch the same movies on the plane back home and still ignore my fellow passengers – approximately 10 hours.
This leaves me with 170 hours to talk to fellow adventurers. That is a lot of hours and at this stage I lost sight of the roses and began to see the thorns.
So I asked my friends and family for advice – which was not at all useful:
- Put ear phones in your ears and pretend you are listening to music
- Pretend you can’t speak English
- Glare at anyone walking towards you
- Suck it up
As my last resort I then turned to good old google which was not helpful either. I was told not to drink coffee before a social event and rather drink chamomile tea – I really don’t like chamomile tea.
So – is there anyone out there who can help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!