What if you come across a person and they look familiar to you, but you can't (for the life of you) remember why or from where? What in the hell do I do, especially if they remember me and start talking to me?
This is another excellent question from one of my readers.
My Mom and Dad were recently in a situation JUST LIKE THIS. They were at a greenhouse and a gentleman started speaking to my Mom. Using her name, asking about her life. Just totally recognizing her! She had no idea who he was. She smiled and said things like, "So you work here now?" He sure did! Then my Dad walked out, "There's the old man! How are you doing?" My Dad called back, "Oh Hey, Buddy! How are you?" No clue who he was.
So just ask questions about your surroundings. If you're at the mall, ask what they're shopping for. If you're at a gas station, "So what are you up to today?" Dig for context clues and smile a lot. Friendly smiles like the kind you find at Hy-Vee.
Use words like "Buddy" or "Dude" or nothing at all if you aren't comfortable with that. Just vague crap and move on. Don't try to make a new best friend.
You have to realize that you're special and people are going to remember you. It's one of the major drawbacks of being awesome.
I'll admit there are very few drawbacks to being awesome. It's nice for us to let those that are less awesome feel we remember them.