I’m finding that people are increasingly important in my life. I didn’t have much in the way of close relationships in my younger years, and I feel like that’s something I’m still trying to catch up on. A friend of mine recently described the difference between introverts and extroverts as this: introverts have to expend energy to be around others, and are recharged by being alone. Extroverts are the reverse. For a long time I’d thought of myself as an introvert, mainly because I spent most of my time alone and subsequently have many introverted tendencies. In the past few months I’ve started to revise that, because I’m finding that spending the week alone working is far more exhausting than socializing on the weekends. In the past when people would say that they were “introverted extroverts” or some such, I would consider it a ridiculous statement. But perhaps it’s not; maybe more of a scale and not quite as binary as that. Everyone is probably somewhere inbetween, including myself. Although I still do and always will relish my time alone, it’s not enough to live on. I’ve started having coffee with a few close friends every Saturday morning and it’s done wonders for my outlook. I highly recommend the practice if you find it hard to make time for quality interactions with people.
In related news, I’ve begun planning a not insignificant series of celebrations around my upcoming birthday. Last year it was stuck in the middle of finals week at school and a relocation week at my job, resulting in me having absolutely no free time. How things change in a year! It’s now the Saturday after finals end, and I’m a full time student. I’ll be going out to brunch, then spending the afternoon playing boardgames with as many friends as I can pack into a burger joint, then headed down south for karaoke. It’s a day I’m very much looking forward to, but I’ve got a lot to do in the meantime. Several papers are due between now and the end of the semester, and I have a new project at work that I actually enjoy doing. I’m working through Italian language lessons on the computer, and I purchased an acoustic guitar that I’m still trying to learn to play so that I can try my hand at songwriting. Then there’s always new juggling tricks to learn (still working on perfecting my Mill’s Mess), and I need to catch up on my gaming before some new things start coming out later this year. Also still working on getting in shape; in fact I think I’m going to start running soon.
Most importantly, though, I want to get writing again. I’ve been reading a book called The Writer’s Journey that has really been helpful and is making me take a fresh look at some of the big stories I’ve had kicking around. There’s one about a young woman in a city high in the clouds, and another about a family of pioneers. I also have a script I’ve been toying with. I won’t really have the time to dive in till after the semester ends, but my head is already swimming with new ideas. For now, I want to start it off by blogging more. To that end, I’m making Sunday my blogging day. Every week I’ll be trying to get something up, even if it’s even more inane than this post. This model worked for me before doing weekly short stories, so blog posts about anything should be no problem. And today is Sunday, so I’m already up one. See how that worked?