I try to be courteous and listen to my friends and colleagues when they talk to me.
I try to nod and look interested, periodically adding a “Mmmhmm” or a “Oh yeah” or a “No way” all the while they flap their lips, telling me about their nightmares or their car issues or the fact that the water heater in their house burst over the weekend. I try to seem engaged because that’s what a friend or colleague does when their other friend or colleage reaches out and asks to share their latest tale.
But if you’re going to talk to me about how many glasses of water you drank today..? I’m going to opt out.