One of the things I miss about working in Corporate America is seeing people on a daily basis. I miss my friends and social acquaintances.
It doesn't help that we live out in the boonies, further restricting our chances of getting together.
I worry about this, more for Greg than myself. He moved 300 miles from all his friends, so he has to start from scratch. At least I still have a few of the friends I had when I was working.
I've resolved to become more sociable. That will be easier when the other house sells because we seem to travel down there every other week and that's one huge time suck.
Greg tells me I'm not the sociable type but that's not true. I'm just selective about the people I befriend. Social acquaintances I have aplenty, but real friends are few and far between.
To me, a friend is someone who's willing to go to my house and check on my animals when I'm away...or bail me out of jail. :grin:
As we get older, friends become more important than ever. A week doesn't go by that I don't hear of someone dying alone, and not being found until weeks later, usually by a stranger.
An actual friend of ours died in his car, in his driveway, and no one noticed him for two days. We usually invited him to spend the holidays with us, but that one year we were away from home.
I've suggested to Greg that we get more involved with the community. Maybe we could attend county meetings.
I'd also like to take some classes. I'd be interested in ethnic cuisine cooking classes. Or maybe another master gardening class for this climate. I took one many years ago and enjoyed it immensely.
Greg's mentioned he'd be interested in learning blacksmithing or expanding his expertise with a master woodworking class.
Taking a part time job could help too--but let's not get crazy! Mostly I'd like to interact when it's convenient for us. A regular job requires too long a commitment.
I've often thought about volunteering at the nearest animal shelter, but I think seeing all those homeless animals would kill my spirit, knowing I couldn't save them all. If I did volunteer work it would have to be something that didn't make me too attached to the recipients.
Physically being around other human beings is important. It doesn't help that being online with friends is so much easier. But I can't call my friends flung out in all corners of the globe to bail me out of jail. That distance thing gets me every time!
Do you have a lot of friends that you see daily? Any suggestions on how to meet new people?
And if you're in north Texas (north of Dallas), look me up. I'm quirky, but totally harmless.