Getting over my fear of talking to strangers

The lift doors are shutting. A hand thrusts through, sending the doors back open, and a breathless FedEx guy dashes in. There is a collective eye-roll as he wriggles in beside me, nervously mumbling: "Sorry, everyone... "

"So you should be, " I joke. He looks surprised, but then registers my smirk and chuckles along.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 20, 2018, with the headline 'Getting over my fear of talking to strangers'. Print Edition | Subscribe