I really shouldn't complain as much as I do, especially with all that is happening in the rest of the world. I tend to get stuck in my own little bubble and forget about everyone else having problems. I think not watching the news adds to that bubble. I have been feeling the need for more community as of late, which is definitely difficult for me.
How do you manage community? I think that my problem is that I want all that privacy, I don't want the nosy neighbor (who is actually extremely nice and very giving), I want to put up a fence around my yard so that I can have privacy. But, if I keep putting up fences...I will just be in isolation and that is no fun either. I am actually very outgoing in social situations. I have no problems talking to people I have never met. Yet, when it comes to my own neighborhood it doesn't seem to work like that. Maybe because I don't have anyone that is a carbon copy of my family right around me. Of course my BFF lives about a quarter of a mile down the street...but I don't count that since we would get together regardless of where she lived :-)
I think that I need to change my thinking. Get out of my comfort zone. Really try to be more involved. There are a lot of awesome things happening in my town. A group of people are putting together a co-op downtown with all local foods that will be available year round. We already have the farmers' market year round, but to have a store to go to will be awesome. I hope that it opens soon! I am very lucky to live in a town where the downtown is really close by, it has everything that I need within walking distance. I think that we have a pretty good shot of surviving the apocalypse :-) So this summer I will be outside more, walking downtown more, talking to my neighbors more. We shall see how that goes! And as soon as it stops raining I will take pictures of the big mud pit/garden in our yard :-)