I do this a lot: anthropomorphize things. I’m not a people person, but I am a people person. Know what I mean?
I name my iTunes playlists. No, not names like “Late Eighties Hair Metal” or “Lesbo Rock” but names… like *”Chuck” and “Annie”.
(*Names have been changed to protect my playlists’ identity.)
Like I said, I’m not what you’d call a “people person”. I don’t want to know many people, but my dear family and friends- the people I do know- mean the world to me. I don’t get to see or talk to all of them as much as I’d like, so I group my playlists by their names; Musical avatars of my loved ones: iFriends. I fill the list with songs that remind me of them. Songs I know they’d like or songs that remind me of something we did together, or songs that evoke a feeling I felt about them. Thousands of five minute tributes to the people I love.
I can put my iFriend in my pocket for a walk to the store, press that right-pointing arrow and begin a conversation with them. I am walking, head down, hands in my pockets and my iFriend is talking to me. No speaking required. Thousands of five minute conversations with the people I love.