I am an amoeba in a world full of boxes.
I am a nerd, a coffee snob, a knitter, a writer, a photographer, an artist, a musician, a lover of literature, a lover of people, a lover of Truth, a seeker of Knowledge, a fighter, a lone wolf, a terrified twenty-something, a fractured mind, a strong soul, loyal to a fault, socially phobic, philosophically inclined, and frequently paradoxical.
These are my thoughts.
We’ve been in Chicago a month, now. I’ve been in my job three-and-a-half weeks. And something is becoming painfully clear:
I need a form of social interaction.
As much as I am an introvert and can tolerate loads of alone time, even I need to connect with other humans sometimes. Being around groups of people for long periods of time is draining, but if I don’t have enough things outside of myself to focus on, I end up way too stuck in my head. This is the situation in which I’ve found myself:
I want some form of social interaction that happens regularly, preferably on a weekly basis, and that is mine rather than ours.
Ideally, I would take a class or join an ensemble at the Old Town School of Folk Music, but that costs money, and as our financial situation for the beginning of next year is looking like it will be pretty shaky, I need to be saving money, not spending it.
Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be a ton of other options on the music front aside from one or two bluegrass jams, and while I love my mandolins, I’m not really a bluegrass player.
I did find a writing group that appears to meet a couple of nights a week on Meetup, so I’m hoping to check that out next week. Beyond that, though, I’m not sure what to do. I like Chicago a lot, but I’m missing the communities I left behind in Minnesota.
What do other people do to make new friends? I do not have the sort of personality to just meet people I run into at coffee shops or bars; there needs to be some sort of activity/common purpose involved for me work up the courage to get to know new people. I would be grateful for any suggestions people might have.