What have I gotten myself into…

By Saturday evening, I will be drinking and socialising with people I don’t even know exist at the moment.

After having spent the day hiking 11 miles with them across the countryside.

I have never been hiking before.

I haven’t socialised with anyone, without my boyfriend being present (besides going to college 3 days a week,) since December.

In 2015, over a year ago.

Here’s how it all started:

I was sitting at home by myself last night, feeling rather lonely. I live with my partner you see and other than him, I don’t speak to anyone often at all. I send and receive emails to and from my mother occasionally, and I only have one contact in my instant messaging app – which is my partner himself. I deactivated my facebook because I didn’t really get on with anyone on there. So my friendship circle, essentially, consists of me and my boyfriend. 😀

He was out drinking with his co-workers last night, so I was at home by myself from around 4pm onward. This scenario is common, and is generally fine by me. Only yesterday, I felt particularly left out and lonely, and told him I felt that way sometimes when he’d spend the evening drinking with colleagues. Regardless, he wasn’t home until 5 to 1 in the morning.

During the time by myself, I thought “Why should I sit here feeling sorry for myself?” “Why do I have to wait for him to be home in order to feel happy and entertained?” “Why should I priotise time with him, when he doesn’t do the same for me?”

I decided to make a plan involving only myself for a change. I wanted some adventure, some fun and some new people in my life. I searched for “adventure meetup” using google, and thus discovered Outdooraholics.

It was just what I felt I needed – just what I was looking for. Adventure and new people. I scrolled through their events and to my surprise, they had one as soon as Saturday (less than 2 days away at that point) – an 11 mile hike through the countryside. There were 3 available spots left. I thought this all sounded absolutely brilliant! I decided to join, and committed by paying the event’s fees.

I have no idea what I have gotten myself into.

I haven’t really been to meetups with strangers before – me and people generally do not go well together. You know how the oil always separates from all the other ingredients in the Olive Branch shower gel? I’m the oil. Me and people just don’t seem to mix.

I am excited and nervous, all at the same time. I’m also excited to see if I enjoy the idea of a meetup in general because if I do, there are so many other groups and events I could join. I’m only going to be committing one event at a time though. Don’t really want to throw myself in the deep end just yet!

I do hope I enjoy this. I love the outdoors, and I love adventure. Me and my partner don’t really go outdoors on little adventures very often though and as I said before, he’s the only person I really do anything with.

So there you have it. By Saturday evening, I will be drinking and socialising with people I don’t even know exist at the moment, after having spent the day hiking 11 miles with them across the countryside. I have never been hiking before. I haven’t socialised with anyone, without my boyfriend being present (besides going to college 3 days a week,) since December 2015, over a year ago.

– Storm

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