It rained. And rained. And rained. Whether the sky let fall it’s unadulterated bounty of incarcerated liquid or if it only let it fall with the most extreme torpid flutter. It still rained. Trapped inside a 15 X 36 foot locker of an apartment. (It’s not as big as it sounds.) So much rain. Three days passed… four…five…. A slow descent into something not quite akin to a healthy existence. Did I mention rain?
No car. Bicycles and wet feet. Wet feet. Can’t figure out how to order a taxi. No phone anyways. Cold feet. Wet feet. No, no, I’m all right. Thinking about a wedding? Not quite. Did I mention wet feet?
Did you know it’s illegal to ride your bicycle with your umbrella in use? Maybe I should get a rain jucket….
No matter the excuses, beware of becoming a shut-in. It is far too easy to do when you are in an unknown space. So many variables are against you. Line up the usual suspects:
Lack of Language
Lack of transportation
Don’t forget the draw of video games and the web.
It’s so easy to just stay in when all of these variables compound. So easy. But it is not healthy. I am fortunate to have a caring wife that spotted my um… issues. It’s great having people there for you to give you a hand when you are down. My wife knew I needed a pick me up and she helped organize a karaoke outing and an exploratory bicycle ride. Both were a blast! And they pulled me out of my funky mood. But it’s also a great nod to the caliber of people that we have found here so far.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned from this experience is that electronic communication can not replace face to face communication. You’re still alone. Social networking sites are great but they cannot compete with flesh and blood interactions. The only solution is to get out there and explore and try. It’s scary, I know, but you always feel better afterwards. It’s like dreading a workout that you know you need to do yet you feel so good afterwards and wondered why you dreaded it in the first place. Living in an unfamiliar place has it’s challenges but overcoming them is part of the fun of the experience.