I often forget that not everyone thinks about things as much as I do. In fact, maybe most people don't. Or they think about different things.
For me, I am so fascinated by religion and the ways people find meaning in their lives and so somehow conversations almost always find their way to philosophical pondering around me. I don't intend for it to be that way, I don't notice that I'm doing it, but I'm sure that it's my great interest in the subject that almost always moves conversations with new people in that direction.
I think I need to get better control over these tendencies of mine. Religion is one of those subjects that is considered not appropriate for the dinner table, which is to say, not appropriate for casual, friendly conversation. I know it embarrasses my parents and makes some people rather uncomfortable.
I was trained in conversation, as part of lessons on being a demure and quiet "good" woman. I never mastered those lessons.
I need to learn how to have small talk that does not involve questioning the meaning of life! :D