Stumbling Blocks

Something I didn’t really consider about the not talking experiment is that John Francis started not talking while living in a fairly isolated part of California. In the city, especially living in a dorm with a communal kitchen, it’s significantly harder. There’s no way to avoid bumping into people you know who you’re supposed to give a couple words of acknowledgment to. With that in mind, I’ve been considering modifying today’s rule from “no talking at all,” to “the absolute minimum amount of talking required to not come off as a huge asshole.”

That’s probably cheating. But it’s also the sort of thing that I’d be able to do for significantly longer with little difficulty–and making myself less of a habitual talker and someone who wastes words left should be the end goal here anyway. Less talking, more observing, more writing.

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