On Tuesday, HugNation’s topic was digital vs. physical intimacy. I also blogged about it.
On Wednesday, based on recent blog posts, I was invited to a local Philosophy Meetup happening that evening a few miles away.
“I’ll go!” I thought.
I had expressed that I wanted to be amongst the people more, and here an opportunity has found me.
But as the day progressed, I found one reason after another NOT to go.
I even stalled subconsciously – and almost gave myself the excuse, “Now I’ll never make it on time.”
I came up with 2 more reasons to turn around while driving to the coffee shop where they were meeting – I felt like I was literally debating with a voice in my head.
“But what if…?”
“Look, even if you don’t like it, it is STILL a excellent use of your time.”
But I went. And I made it on time.
And I enjoyed myself.
Take THAT, stupid voice in my head who hates leaving the house!
After everyone suggested topics, the group voted to discuss, “digital vs. physical intimacy.”
Digital discussion leads to physical discussion leads to this digital posting…anyone else getting dizzy?
The perspectives from the group were diverse and insightful. And I’m really glad I went.
I’m still trying to figure out the right balance of online & offline attention. But Brody summed it up pretty wonderfully in a comment on my blog:
“I see digital intimacy like guy wires for a tent… and physical connections as tent poles. The tent & poles can probably survive without the guy wires, but the tent and the guy wires are useless without the poles themselves.”
I’m going to continue working on finding the ideal balance between physical and real worlds…and the best way for me pitch a tent.