Just a few days ago I wrote about my turn to hermit mode. I think it is an excellent idea, while I also recognize that humans need contact and interaction with one another. I think, perhaps what I was really referring to was that I plan to live under a very comfortable, welcoming, and warm rock.
Under this rock, the goal is to interact with few through quality conversations and activities. It also means my daily responsibilities need to continue such as teaching and taking care of my physical health. This, to a certain degree, requires me to crawl out from under my rock every so often.
To ensure that I am not simply living under a rock, at least not full-time, a friend and I have decided to start Friday afternoon “nerd-fest”. During nerd-fest we pick a cafe to meet at and parallel study. The key is that we are not sitting alone at home in front of our computers, that we get a chance to vent some of our academic frustrations, and that we get another perspective on our frustrations; either they are validated or challenged, both necessary at times. Nerd-fest also means that we technically have a social activity each week, so it is a win win, right?
The other thing that I have initiated, with a little reserve and much excitement, is Final Friday Fair. On the last Friday of each month (unless I am out of town), I hope to host friends to snacks and drinks. During this time there is no expectations, individuals from all walks of life can come together and enjoy some snacks, perhaps some board games, conversations, and a simply social evening.
It seems like a few days of hermit mode has really allowed me to find a balance between hermit life and social life. Something to continue to think about, ponder over, and practice on a daily basis.