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"I often wonder what would have happened to me if I hadn't made that decision. I suppose I would have sunk. I suppose I would have found some kind of hole and tried to hide or pass. After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities. I would have hidden in my hole and been crippled by my sentimentality, doing what I was doing, and doing it well, but always looking for the wailing wall. And I would never have seen the world as the rich place that it is. You wouldn't have seen me here in Africa, doing what I do."

- V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River
Feb. 28th, 2009 @ 08:09 pm Getting to know you
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Date:February 28th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
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Yeah - but when I think about it, I've never come across other people that I thought felt desperate, and I've been happy to include them when I've been in that position. I have been trying to train myself in the past couple of years to accept more invitations than not, because you never know where it will lead. Even if it was just "polite," maybe they know someone that is a great link for you.

I did have a couple of weekend days where I was feeling sorry for myself at home, and I decided that the solution is planning ahead, something I'm not so great at. I like to have friends available that I can just call at at the drop of a hat. But here, anyway, it doesn't quite work like that.