I was riding my bike around Belle Isle, which is a 6-mile loop. The first time around, I came upon a large group of riders in a fundraising ride taking place on the island. I saw a water break tent set up, and thought about stopping because I was curious to find out more about the ride. Then the critical part of my brain said "No one will want to talk to you. No one cares that you are out here riding today." So I rode by the tent, and realized how self-defeating that kind of talk was. The next loop around, when I saw the tent again, I thought, hey I'll stop and just see what happens. Well, I quickly and easily got into a conversation with one of the volunteers. She is also an active cyclists and we ended up talking for awhile like old friends. In fact, she knows my cousin and his wife! She invited me to join a biking club she's in. So there you go, critical brain... I proved you wrong! Someone did want to talk to me, and cared that I was out riding today!