A murky understanding of a high school physics lesson is how I tend to think about my couch-potatoness: An object at rest tends to stay at rest.
So last month I gave myself a challenge to get out and do three things on my own using Meetup. I am happy to report that I completed the challenge and enjoyed the social occasions: a book talk, a writer’s group, and lunch at an Indian restaurant.
I joined a small group for a discussion of Half the Sky. This book disturbed and amazed me. The authors chronicle the stories of women around the world who have been victims of sex trafficking, bride burnings, war crimes, and medical neglect, but the book also offers uplifting stories of hope. I found the book inspiring and enjoyed the discussion. I will be joining the group again to discuss Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
This was the easiest of the three events in that I am used to participating in book groups, and the book itself gave the context for the discussion.
2. Writer’s Group
While I am pretty comfortable with joining book group discussions, this one definitely took me out of my comfort zone. I met with a small group of writers, and we shared and discussed each other’s writing. While I felt very shy, the group was supportive, and I plan on going back.
3. Restaurant lunch
This one was actually the hardest in that I felt nervous before I left, having to walk into a restaurant by myself to meet up with strangers. I needn’t have worried. A few nice people were there, and we enjoyed chatting over a meal at an Indian restaurant.
While inertia tends to keep me at rest, now that I’ve gotten the ball rolling, I am hoping this trait of the law of motion also applies: an object in motion tends to stay in motion. A wine tasting and zorbing are in my future.
#22: 101 things in 1001 days. Complete a spontaneous challenge.