Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What to do...

I think I need to join a club. The Quakers and Fabians, the anarchists and free-thinkers of The Chikdren's Book have a sense of community, shared goals, topics of interest and I assume, open discussions regarding their ideals, and perhaps even lively debates. As a PhD student, I have no classes to attend and little human contact. I spend my days reading, taking notes and typing, either at home alone or in a cubicle in a library.

I've had this feeling before, this need to be part of something, I guess that is why I have a blog and why I joined the university philosophy club, although I have never received so much as an email from them since, and I only have eight followers of my blog. This isolation is my own doing, I don't play sport, I am not in a book club, my hobbies all involve self-imposed isolation, like reading and drawing. Which isn't to say I can't be social, I love my friends and family, I am not sealed into my house with no escape. But they work of course and are busy with their own lives. I guess I had a sense of community while working in a large high school for the last five years and I don't have that now as an unemployed full time student on a scholarship.

So what club or organisation could I join? Its not that I am bored, I am occupied between my study, my reading for pleasure and drawing, watching films and seeing friends on the weekends. I just think maybe there is room for more. Something not too expensive, something that doesn't require an enormous time commitment as I still need to work on my PhD, and probably something that doesn't involve me taking on a religion or wearing Lycra. Any ideas? What do you do?


Edit. PS. What about some life drawing classes? I haven't done those since I studied visual art ten years ago. Found some here and here. Might be an idea... certainly no Lycra involved!

4 comments:

  1. Dear Fiona,I also follow your blog with interest.I know how you feel because at times I also wonder what else I could do.What about tutoring or maybe volunteer work at the blood bank?When you find something let me know as I need to find something too.There are only so many holidays one can fit in during the year.Clare

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  2. Oh, and here I was going to suggest bible school or yoga. I do quite like yoga though, in all seriousness.

    I think drawing classes would be great. I'd like to do a ceramic or glass blowing course one day.

    xx

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  3. Hi F, a drawing course or water coloring course might be fun, but it would still be a solitary endeavor. How about a cooking class? Or hiking club? Or a music class? Guitaringly, K

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  4. I'm quite taken by the 'The Quakers and Fabians, the anarchists and free-thinkers' Club: where do I join?

    I make the point of beginning one new activity a year. In recent years I've tried fencing, opera, playing poker, photography and cooking courses. Occasionally an activity sticks and enriches my life. I'd love to do some drawing or learn a musical instrument.

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