So, (you can dig all this out from Twitter, but I’m too lazy tonight to do all the linking) I’m quite happy with these last two days.
After a particularly grey and boring day on Thursday, I had an epiphany: I needed to do more fun things. I had been traipsing around town and in museums (not particularly dull, but not particularly exciting) alone all day, and obviously, this was not for me.
So, quick thought. What do I find fun? Well, actually, doing stuff with people. So, I decided to get organised and spend my time with people instead of “visiting Frankfurt because I’m there and I’ve never been there and so I should visit”. However, I have to keep in mind that I’m a little overworked these days (despite being far from making piles of cash right now, that’s what happens when you’re freelance), so this will have to be “non work-related people” or existing friends. But… it worked, and I had two (and a half!) lovely days in Frankfurt after my rather depressing first contact with the publishing world.
Today I also did three things I’m quite happy about (I can’t remember if it’s in the Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun or elsewhere, but I once heard “do one thing a day that scares you”):
– asked a couple of teenagers playing with cellphone ringtones or something to turn it down (twice, because it didn’t work the first time!)
– told a visibly inebriated guy who made a beeline for me at the bus stop with the intention of striking up a conversation to bugger off (he didn’t, so I insisted, got angry, and finally moved with the friend I was talking to)
– bumped into an old friend at the bus stop, and decided to for a coffee one of these next weeks to catch up.
Also, I spent the day offline today (except now and this morning). Will repeat that weekly. I really need a day off each week.