What is my Label?
I’ve been trying various methods of meeting people lately. About a year and a half ago, tired of having less friends than the square root of a baker’s dozen, I set out to meet people in Pittsburgh. It took me about a month to really get off the ground, but once I did, I quickly began amassing friends at such a ridiculous rate I consciously began trying to not make friends. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration.
Anyway, now that we’re spending some significant time in Austin, I’ve been looking around at different ways to meet people. Going to the bar and getting drunk enough to ask people to be your friend does seem to work, but the problem with that is you’re basically left with friends of whom your basic mutual interest is getting drunk. Therefore, no Saturday afternoon picnics, no camping trips, no virtual frisbee golf, etc.
So I thought about meeting people via Meetup.com, which allows you to attend events/meetings that are focused on a topic. Austin Hippies Meetup Group (one that I actually attended) or Frisbee Golfers Meetup or Anonymous Abstenance Meetup Group, etc.
My main problem is that I don’t really know what I’m into doing. What are my hobbies? Do I even have any? I build websites, so that sometimes seems like a group of people I should associate with, web designers. But I build websites for a living, mostly.
I ride a bike, fairly often, but I’m not sure I’m a “biker” or “cyclist” or whatever. You see, if I were, I’d probably know the correct label.
Playing guitar, playing video games, drinking beers, going camping — these are all things that I enjoy doing but not really things that I’d go to a group specifically tailored around. In my younger days I knew precisely what I was: a “skater” then a “punk rocker” then later just a punk when I lost my band.
In an effort to expand my horizons I fear that I’ve actually just become a Jack of All Trades, Fairly Decent at None.
Perplexing, to speak the least.