Sometimes I get some weird ideas. When I started at my new ship 6 weeks ago, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to try to be anti-social. I was getting worried that I needed to be around people too much and I get attached to people too easily. That seems like a disadvantage when you are a nomad. So I figured that if I could train myself to be detached, I would attain solo traveler enlightenment. I would be able to walk the Earth, undeterred by the weakness of human emotions.
We were in San Diego today. It was embark day and there was a large crew changeover. I waved goodbye to the leaving crew, as I walked into town to do some shopping. Minutes later it occurred to me, the last time I was in San Diego I had organized a Free Hugs event. That was the person I used to be not too long ago.
I think my “experiment” had worked only too well. I hadn’t even considered hugging anyone goodbye as I walked by them. It’s almost like I’ve regressed into some sort of hermit, who prefers spending time drawing on MS Paint to socializing with others.
Evidently, I was wrong about my original hypothesis. Without people, we are nothing. Even if it’s just for a short time, rather than be detached, we should always make the most of our offline time with others.
I guess this means I’m heading to the crew bar tonight!
[cruisesurfer’s log sea-date: 41:4:3 | 13:51]