I found that I have fallen into some bad patterns. I work all day, come home and do as little as I have to get diner made and then sit in front of the TV or laptop and become some form for a vegetable. Once I am in the vegetable stage I am able to feel really sorry for myself and usually don’t care about anyone else in the world. Yes a real self-pity party.
I realized I needed to start doing things that I enjoy to get out of the self-pity mode. One thing is I thought of is doing some hobbies. I use to do some amateur acting but haven’t over the last few years. So this fall I am joining a community theater and hope it get a small role. This would be a good way for me to make some new friends.
Also, back before I had kids, I use to do counted cross stitch. Yes I said, counted cross stitch. My wife Melanie’s family often gave handmade gifts and I wanted to make something for her. She was doing a cross stitch so I asked her a bunch of questions. Then I bought a small kit. I would work on it during my lunch break and nights that Melanie was working. I really enjoyed making it and Melanie loved it when I gave it to her. So I bought a second kit and so on. Over about 5 years or so I did a bunch of things including two big projects that each took me about a year.
So this is what I did while on vacation this summer. I start my next project tomorrow.