I was just thinking about how I’m not a hugger. I don’t hate hugs, but I also don’t “get” them. It means much more to me for someone to make eye contact, smile, and ask me what I think about the message of The Wizard of Oz and if the book or the movie was better.
I still give hugs, though.
I was also thinking about how I almost never say “I love you” or “I missed you” or even “Goodnight”. “What are you thinking about?” and “You looked nice today” and “That was a really fun time we had”, again, mean a lot more to me.
I still say (or at least try to) those words to people.
People use hugs as greetings, goodbyes, thank yous, I’ve-been-thinking-of-yous, apologies… you name it. People love those short sentiments so much they write them everywhere and pass them on to their dearest friends and family members.
Our words may be different, but at their core, they mean the same thing. But there’s still a language barrier.
We need to learn to give of ourselves and put in the extra effort to “translate” so real communication can happen. Our words are not just our own, they are for others too. So, I will continue to say words that feel strange on my tongue and awkwardly hug my friends because I want them to know what I’m thinking and feeling in a way they will understand.
That said, goodnight, everyone, and what do you think of The Wizard of Oz?