When I first quit my job, I knew that my hermitting could become a problem. Before, on my days off, it was okay if I was severely introverted, I was back to work the next day with friends, co-workers, and a wide array of other distractions.
Now, I work from home and am alone all day (except for Gus Gus, but he hasn't quite figured out that I am more interesting than the squirrels outside). So, what was I to do??
I started a book club!
My first thoughts on starting the club were purely selfish. I didn't want people to forget about me. Yes, it was my choice to leave my job, but I desperately wanted to hold onto the great friendships I had made.
Now, having had two "meetings," I see how important community is on a broader level. How much we all need a little laughter and girl time.
Every month we crowd together in my living room and I learn a little bit more about the women I've come to love. I learn how differently all of our brains decipher the written word. I love feeling that little spark when someone makes a great point, or opens my eyes to parts missed in the story.
As an introvert, it is often hard for me to break out of my shell and let people in. But now that I have looked two weeks of mostly silence in the face, I know how important our little group is.
So cherish your friendships. Cultivate new relationships. Put yourself out there. Expand your horizons and make your heart sing. Whether it be a book club, sewing club, a bowling league, I say go for it.
What's there to lose?
Until next time,
P.S. The very specific, very important steps to starting the book club are as follows...
1.) Scrounge up some people who like to read (tends to be an important step) who also make your soul smile.
2.) Make sure they like to drink and eat (what's book club without some wine and cheese and chocolate??)
3.) Pick a book (look for suggestions, best sellers, or hey! Wing it! Sometimes the best discussions come from books that were not well received)
4.) Set a date
5.) Have a kick-ass time!