Belonging

Apr. 3rd, 2016 08:17 am
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I'm having difficulty rejoining city life after my big bike ride. It's a problem I was aware of - and had hoped to address by keeping myself busy with some professional development activities. I've made a start, but it's too early to have a satisfying emotional pay off. Meanwhile my travelling partner has really thrown herself into her project and it's occupying most of her time. It's a little embarrassing to admit, but I'm feeling a bit left out.

Borrowing from Abraham Maslow I find myself worried about my sense of belonging, longing for community, and asking 'who is my tribe?' These concerns are distracting me from my personal improvement projects. Developing confidence from proficiency in new skills is a great long term goal but in the meantime I need to work on strengthening my circle of friends.

I was recently listening to a Future Tense podcast that discussed some of the shortcomings of using on-line socialising as a proxy for face to face contact. It resonated with me. Internet contact with friends was great on my travels - and really the only option available - but now I'm back I'm finding the medium doesn't have what it takes to be my main source of social contact.

One creative solution I really liked was the 1000+ coffees project . Matt Kulesza is guy who has set himself the goal of arranging a one on one, face to face meet up over a cup of coffee with each of his 1000+ Facebook friends. I think it is a cool idea. I'm going to shamelessly copy it.

Anyone for coffee?
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