I am the first to admit that I often make excuses to stay home instead of going out. Before having my son I was very social. I rarely stayed home. Once my son was born I didn’t have the time, energy, or resources to leave the house. Hermit living has become a bit of a habit for me over the past few years. The idea of having to put clothes on that aren’t considered “comfy clothes”, put on a smile, and leave the house sometimes just seems like work to me.
I’ve become aware of my introverted behavior and am making a real effort to say yes more often. After all, I love creative people and need to surround myself by more of them. So with even a small effort to really try to push myself out of what has become my comfort zone, I have met some really amazing people lately.
*Responding to a Facebook post, I got to meet another single-mom/artist who is working on chasing her dreams. We shared a museum visit together where I was able to better understand the artist exhibit because of my new friends cultural background.
*I attended a cocktail party where I met many incredible people. A photographer who shares many of my same philosophies. A mom who seems like she would be a blast to have a play date with. Her husband is an installation artist and I got to inquire about an art form I know little about.
*I accepted an invitation to go paint with an artist I only know from a common show. She has this amazing spirit. It was fun to watch her process of painting. While there, I met another artist who is an incredible musician, single parent, and all around cool person.
*I attended a fundraiser recently where I struck up a conversation with a couple. Turns out we not only knew several of the same people, but they are also art collectors.
*This past weekend, after much dragging of the feet, I accepted an invitation to visit another artists work space. As a result, I was again introduced to a form of art I know nothing about. I got to watch the process and ask a lot of questions. I was impressed by the artists work.
All of these amazing people have recently come into my life simply because I said yes to an opportunity. Maybe we miss some really good things just because we are closed off to it.