Adventures in Unschooling

The role of internet…

Posted on: March 27, 2010

I have recently closed my Facebook account. I am not going to go into the reasons other than I have been re-thinking the role of internet in my house. I know that I spend some of the best hours of my day on here instead of with my kids. I know that it has been a great place for me to research, get raw recipes and find like minded people. Something that has been a terrific comfort to me as I bravely go where no one I know has gone before. I am also looking forward to getting out of Alberta and into BC (fingers crossed) where there are more people like us.

When I read unschooling and raw food blogs the majority of the Canadian ones come from BC and Quebec. There seems to be a change of values on the extreme ends of Canada. I can’t speak for the maritimes though.

I guess I am feeling pretty lonely. I know I sort of do it to myself. I could just keep my mouth shut and go with the flow. Maybe try to catch the latest episode of some ridiculous reality show that everyone is watching. But that’s just not me. I am starting to feel like I am just going to have to embrace that and accept that I may not have as many close friends as I’d like.

I bet my husband will be better able to forge bonds in his next career but that doesn’t ensure success in their mates and I forming lasting friendships.

My other big problem is that I have failed to get involved in my community. Every time I say I am going to take an art class I punk out because of the money. I have a hard time spending money on stuff like that when I know we have other priorities right now (living life in limbo SUCKS!).

And my area has a monthly pot luck for vegetarians, vegans and raw foodists and I haven’t gone to a single one. I keep telling myself that there is no point in making friends now since we’ll be moving soon enough. And I do feel that way. But I hope that this doesn’t become a recurring theme for me.

I certainly intend on getting involved when we finally do get settled in somewhere. Hopefully by early 2011.

I want to join a Farmer’s Market committee (or whatever they call it) and maybe start doing some activities in the community. Art and yoga come to mind. It all depends on the location of course.

That’s about it for this morning. Thinking about life and printing off recipes for my binder.

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3 Responses to "The role of internet…"

Congrats M! I often think of disconnecting from FB too but I think a better option for me would be to power my computer with solar and have to limit my time on it accordingly. Waiting this week for my computer has been enlightening but I still haven’t done enough of what I want.

It might not be the time or place, but you’re making changes and getting back on track with what you want in life. You never know how things might change by getting involved so I’d encourage you to go out and do those things you’ve been holding back on while you have the chance. You never know what direction they’ll lead you in and you may not have the same selection in the next place you call home. That, and in this time of nomads, you never know what connections you may make that will help you out in the next place you call home.

In calling three places home this year I haven’t been as active in the community as I would like but everything counts and it’s so important to our well being!

Take care, L

I wish I would have started a year ago but now with us thinking we might be here just another 2-6 months I am not sure I will be getting out there that much.

I also have a harder time finding the energy to coordinate events etc. when I have to be at work full-time too. Ugh!

I wondered what had happened to you on FB – glad that you are doing well. 🙂

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