The theme keeps popping up in my life about dependency on people. Not the unhealthy, co-dependency that is dangerous in relationships, but just the straight-forward fact that I as a human being need community. I have been bombarded this week with opportunities that show me that this life is not just about me and what I am involved in. I don’t know about you, but I am very much used to attempting things on my own, going for my ideas without thinking, or trying new things just because they sound fun. All of this being good to a certain extent, it is still important to include others in my life, not to just make myself a solitary being. For me, that is very tempting.
This week I am starting two very new journeys: 1) I am beginning a new job, one that I am very eager to launch into. For those of you who don’t know, this is the first time in over six months that I will have had a full-time job. I’ve recently been making it my personal goal to allow writing to fill that extra time that I have. I know that I will be meeting new people and getting to know those who I will be working with in this next season of my life.
2) I am moving into a new apartment. I am super excited about this because I will be able to decorate using my own tastes and have a place for my friends to come hang out, at least on the weekends. I hope it make it a place to host movie nights, or moments with coffee that we can just catch up on life.
Either way, no matter what happens in the next couple weeks, I have been hit by a couple solid MUSTS: I MUST not allow myself to become isolated. I know that work is going to help, but it is so easy for the introvert in me to place myself in my writing zone and ignore other people. NaNoWriMo has been very good for me in this instance because we’ve got to physically meet as a group, not just chat online (side note, though online chatting, texting, and Facebook communication are very useful and convenient, they are NOT substitutes for real face-to-face communication! Just some friendly advice 😉 )
I’m also making it a point to meet with some friends that I haven’t seen in a while. Even spending thirty minutes playing games, eating, drinking coffee, or chatting are very simple ways to catch up on life. These take effort. And I usually don’t want to take that effort.
In the back of my mind, despite my stubborn protest, I know that it’s really important not to be my own island. What about you?