The low cost of being anti-social
|June 22, 2010||Posted by thefrugalvegan under Frugal Entertainment|
Forgive me if this sounds like a depressing post, but I have been pretty alone as of late. My partner has been away a lot (to no fault of his own) and most of my friends don’t live in town and a few others don’t have much time. On one hand, this upsets me a little as I feel as if I am missing out on heaps of social activities. Seems like everyone out there has a life but me. Granted, I create my own path and to be honest, I would prefer to be alone than be distracted by things that only bring me just partial joy. Maybe I’m the kind of person that’s “All or Nothing”.
While I was feeling sorry for myself, I realized that my anti-social behaviour is saving me a lot of money too. No going out to dinners, clubs, drinks or any type of social event that requires cash. Not to say that all social events cost money but let’s face it, a lot of them do.
So although I found a silver lining to my current situation, the fact still remains that I am socially locked up right now with little opportunity for change. So this is when I take matters into my own hands.
Alright, so how can I be semi social without too many strong ties or obligations? How can I spend the day chatting with people but without owing them my life story or giving out my phone number? How can I socialize without spending money?
I came up with a radical idea (maybe not too radical for me, but possibly to some of you). This idea was born a few years ago when I was in a similar situation but I never did it.
Some of you know that I read tarot and oracle cards. It’s not something I do often because it takes a lot out of me and I am not comfortable charging money. So I have decided that when we have a nice day in the city (waiting for no rain days!), I will set up in front of the library with my oracle cards and do FREE or BY DONATION (money or goods) one-card readings. This way, the cops won’t harass me for not having a permit for charging for something, I’ll get to read people and have a small chat with them and perhaps earn a few pennies in the process, though the money is not my goal. I also won’t feel pressure to deliver perfect information since the reading is technically free. I find this method for me is best for giving good readings.
The weather doesn’t look to great this week (apart from this morning) but I will report on how things went once I decide to do it. I am hoping to do this on Friday.
PS: I now have work scheduled for two weeks in July at my old contract. YES!
Do you have any ideas for ways to be social? Volunteer work perhaps? Next is to possibly volunteer for a festival in town. Please stay tuned.