I agree! This board has to serve as my "tribe" right now since I don'thave anyone near in real life to hang out with a talk to about these things yet. But I have been meeting a few people that are interested in my gardening plans, and I have also told them about this board and talked to them about foraging and such, so maybe I will actually be able to get out with other people in real life and do some stuff too!
My big sin has been
. My last relationship was with a foodie, and I got sucked in. I think it's time for me to try a paleo diet so that I
go out to eat.
yup, living in portland made me realize how much I love going out to eat, but not spending money! EEK! I did try to make dinner every night but it got really old and lost all of the excitement, especially because my boyfriend did not get home until 9:30pm and I would be exhausted from working all day and then making dinner at night so I would not even enjoy eating meals together... ugh...
Now that I am back in Ohio, I am having a hard time making dinners and other meals for myself because I only really like to cook when i am making food for other people...
It's not too surprising to me that you, I and probably some others here would have a problem with liking "stuff" even though we want to get away from consumerism. I think it comes from a desire to connect with the physical world, even if it isn't something that comes totally from nature.
Maybe a solution would be to take up an art, like sculpture or visual art? There are so many ways to do this without spending a ton of money. It would also be a way to express ideas about connection with nature. (A few years ago I used to do lifelike miniature sculptures, and a plan to get back into it has been on the back burner for quite a while. I can see myself taking it in a new direction and expressing more holistic concepts through sculpture.)
I have been self-employed through my artwork for some time now, with art shows, and selling wall hangings and now tshirts of my designs! http://dreamofstars.com if you want to check them out! But I have been super lazy lately because I don't really have any outlets here for my art (In Portland, I had an art show every other month, so I had something to work towards/for... as motivation)...
In a way, your development of gardening/permaculture skills is one such solution of self-expression. At least I see it that way. Do you agree?
Sure do! I am really excited for this. I think that working with plants is one of my true passions, not just something I am good at, you know? But I am still longing for a tribe of my own... it's interesting, though I have been talking more and more with my older sister and my mom and dad about gardening since they have been doing that for a long time, and so in a way I do have a family interest, but I still need something my own, like with friends/peers and people my age, you know?