Deep human interaction

posted by Jeff | Monday, August 16, 2010, 11:44 PM | comments: 0

Tyler had a pretty great post on his desire to engage in more meaningful social interaction. This really, really resonated with me.

Different people require different levels of social interaction. I've always been someone who "knew" a lot of people, but rarely had more than two or three deeper friendships at a time. I'm pretty content with that. While I've been able to maintain some level of richness with friends back east, it has been hard to start over meeting people here.

I think one of the worst things is that we're somehow programmed to not even consider that we need deeper relationships, as if it's some kind of weakness. Group that sentiment with not wanting to ask for help or asking for something you want. I know I catch myself doing that periodically. But like Janet said in Singles, "People need people, Steve." And we're all Steve.

I also like Tyler's last statement, giving himself a call to action. Ultimately, we're all responsible for our own happiness, and that includes the depth of our friendships. It's easy enough to bitch and moan about circumstance, or judge our self-worth as others fail to meet our expectations or whatever. Those destructive things don't help. We have to act on what we want.

If you don't read his blog regularly, you should. If only for the photography. Which you don't actually read. You knew what I meant.


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