A Woman Makes a Plan by Maye Musk

A Woman Makes a Plan by Maye Musk

Author:Maye Musk
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: 2019-12-30T16:00:00+00:00

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It’s not easy being on your own at events. It’s stressful. Nobody knows you, and everybody’s air-kissing and hugging each other. All you can do is stand there. You can’t interfere in their friendship circles and their little crowds; that would be weird. If you’re lucky, someone will be nice enough to come over and say hi to you. I sometimes give myself one hour to have someone talk to me, then I will leave. I have seldom left a party.

I learned that when I was thirty-one and newly divorced. A friend said to me, “Go out all the time. It’s the only way you can start meeting people in a new town.” I did, but I felt often as though I was sticking out like a sore thumb.

I have since realized that everyone has this feeling, too. Sometimes even celebrities can be alone. When I was running the modeling school in Bloemfontein, I was asked to take my students to the airport to welcome Miss Universe. She stood there alone. I was very polite and didn’t want to approach her and impose.

It was exactly what I had experienced at parties when I didn’t know anybody, until somebody took pity on me. I thought, “I remember that feeling.”

I went over and said, “Hello. I’m the director of the modeling school. I just wanted to welcome you.”

She said, “Thank you for talking to me! It’s horrible to stand alone!”

So remember: even Miss Universe feels awkward at parties.


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