I’m full of energy for new projects. We’re about to start new workgroups on herblore and on astral projection in the Tribal Community soon. On Monday 14th starts our first Witchcraft 101 forum group (there’s still time to sign up if you’d like to join!). I spent part of last Saturday at the Féile Draíochta and met so many inspiring and beautiful people, it just spawned more ideas and more motivation. Life’s grand, isn’t it?
Talking to so many new people brought it home once again that some of my life choices are certainly not standard and often require explanations. It made me feel like writing about it, so here it is, a good old-fashioned list titled “Things you might not have known about the hag”.
1. I don’t like to travel. I used to LOVE it, and did quite a bit of travelling and holidaying in my younger days. Then at 37, I got my first two budgies, and that was it. I don’t like going away anymore. I love seeing my friends and my family, so sometimes I still pry myself away for a few days at a time. But I’m always anxious when I leave, I miss my cutest every minute of every day, and I’m profoundly relieved when I walk back through my door and see them again. Well, staying put is more environmentally friendly, I’ve seen quite a bit already, and maybe it’s people’s turn to visit ME instead.
2. I don’t like going out. This is another thing I used to love doing. These days, I rather detest the usually loud atmosphere in a pub or bar, and I’d much rather spend the evening with people I love in their home or in mine. It’s cheaper, more conductive to conversation, and mostly more comfortable too. Exceptions are pagan moots in the lovely Harbour Bar in Bray, but then these only happen once a month.
3. This is related to point 2: I don’t go out during the week. I make very few exceptions, and usually only in or around Bray. My budgies are alone all day as it is, and when it’s all quiet they mostly sleep. At least when I’m home in the evenings, I have music on or they hear friends over Skype or similar, and that makes them all chirpy and lively. Weekends are different – I’m usually home during the day, so I don’t mind going out in the evening.
4. I don’t have a TV. I detest TV. I see it as a slow, poisonous, passive negative brain-wash. You don’t have to agree, that’s completely fine – usually I just say to people that I work in an office and spend an hour or two gaming most evenings, so that’s enough time spent staring at a screen.
5. I love living on my own. I need space. I’m hyper-sensitive and the lightest sleeper in the world, and so budgies are my ideal housemates: they’re quiet when it’s dark and lively while I’m awake. Honestly, they are such good company. Did I mention I love them to distraction?
These might seem like small things, but they affect so many parts of life! People wonder why I’m not excited at the prospect of winning a holiday somewhere. Give me a holiday at home and I’m ecstatic, haha! At work, I get weird looks for going home on time almost all evenings except for a few days at the very end of a quarter, and I explain that I’m happy to work overtime as long as it’s at home where I can be with my budgies.
Mad bird lady? You bet! And yes, it’s ok if you find me weird.