My wife warned me before we got to Argentina. “Guys are shameless when they see a pretty girl on the street.” Carolina told me some stories of their bravery – of whistling and pick-up lines she heard on the street. I didn’t quite believe her until we got here.
But as we walked down the street, guys would stare at her. They didn’t just glance, they did the full, up and down, stare that a pervert does when he thinks no one is watching. But there was no shame.
There were even times when I wasn’t holding her hand that guys would walk by and whisper things in her ear. I had the “pleasure” of overhearing this once. This time I heard it:
Estas re linda, boluda (an offensive word).
Basically, he said, “You’re beautiful, idiot.” The nerve! What was that guy thinking?!
A couple days later I had the privilege of asking a true Argentine guy why they do that: “Does that actually ever work?”
He answered, “You never know. It’s worth a try.”
Wow. There it is. Argentine guys are the definition of optimism.
Couldn’t we all use a bit more optimism? You never know. It’s worth a try.
Are you afraid to write that song and share it with people? You never know. It’s worth a try.
Are you afraid to try something scary and different? You never know. It’s worth a try.
I encourage you. Approach the opposite sex like a gentleman or woman. But approach life like an Argentine guy. Don’t be afraid to tell life, “You’re beautiful, idiot.” You never know. Life may respond.