I’m now nearing the end (I hope!) of writing up my PhD thesis. Eileen (one of my supervisors) said early on that “It is difficult to underestimate the amount of single-minded focus required to write up a thesis”. That kind of stuck in my mind. I think she is right. Before getting to this stage, I was an active member in a Morris Dancing side, playing the piano accordion and happily going out for dance-outs in the evenings and weekends. I was also a member of a concert band.
I dropped the band membership. Two hobbies became too much. This year, I also suspended my Morris dancing activities. I told the side that I needed to take the year off and haven’t even been out to watch any dance-outs. It’s as if I fell off the edge of the earth.
Meanwhile, my morris dancing chums have started joining Facebook. They’ve found me and offered “friendship”, asking how I’m doing etc. One has joined a second Morris side in the town just a few miles from where I live and has passed my name onto them – so I’ve had a very nice offer of friendship from one of their members wanting to chat out me maybe playing music for them.
It’s reminded me of the fun I used to have, got me back in touch with people that I was drifting slowly away from and generally made me feel like becoming a bit more pro-active on the social front.
Facebook as a cure for hermits
by Gill Clough