(Copied from my private journal with minor edits) I can remember her. It was at the woods recently. She was nice, with nice curly brown hair, nice legs in tight jeans, and quietly walking round the woods with her camera. On the face of it, she seemed like she could have been perfect for me. There was the first moment I could have spoken to her, when we were at the viewpoint overlooking the bridge. Then I followed her at a distance until the gate and sign by the road, where she stopped to look at the sign. I stopped to get a drink. It was my perfect opportunity to say something to her, like "Did you get any good photos?" But I didn't. And in the moment I could feel the opportunity slipping away from me. And what was I scared of? Then she walked off, and I will almost certainly never see her again. A lesson learned the hard way. Never let such an opportunity slip away again. It doesn't matter if what I say isn't quite right and I make a bit of a tit of myself. As long as I don't say anything offensive or threatening, it really doesn't matter. As long as I come across as friendly, that's all that matters. And what's the worst that could have happened? She would have made some kind of excuse and left. That's the thing, the worst that could happen is nowhere near as bad as feeling like you let an opportunity slip away. So, I have resolved, while I am single, if I am ever in situation like that again, I will say something, anything. It really doesn't matter. So that's the positive thing to have got from this. That's the last time I will make that mistake. I have finally learned my lesson. Never again. Just say something, anything, as long as it's friendly. Hey, maybe this is one of the benefits of the improv group I go to, learning how to think of things to say in the moment. So, any real life situation, it's just about getting into character and acting out a scene. I am the character of the friendly stranger who says something nice. But I will get over this. I've had other such situations and I've gotten over them. But this time I need to learn the lesson finally.