Can I tell you a secret? I don’t like handshakes. I really don’t. Handshakes just make me feel dirty. It’s too impersonal. It’s a gesture with no soul and reeks of a corporate entity. Why must we limit ourselves to this one boring interaction? Of all the split second human gestures we could do, it’s the lamest. Even the handshake has so many different variations, yet we choose the same boring one every time. Why not a fist bump, shoulder tap, giving skin, the hungry chicken, or my personal favorite, the high five.
The high five. What a wonderful thing. You can give a random high five to a stranger and, more than likely, it will make them feel better. Some of my best high fives were with strangers. My most memorable one happened years ago at 2AM on a bike trail in Minneapolis. Some guy biking the other way stuck his hand out and I reciprocated. Our hands made contact underneath a bridge and the sound reverberation created the greatest sounding high five I have ever heard. Do you remember any handshakes like that? I’m going to doubt it.
And so, I bring you the high five camera. Another ridiculous contraption that will hopefully extend an appreciation of the mighty high five. The quickest and most universal gesture for telling someone, “you are awesome”.
So, if we ever meet, keep it up high because I will be coming in for the highest of fives.
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