Originally Posted by gandalfthegrey
if only all of us SA users could get together maybe we would all become bestest freinds
Hmmm... maybe we could start a commune in the Philippines! We could grow marijuana at competitive rates, treat our workers humanely, and help to boost the local economy.
OP, I can totally relate to what you're saying... for two years I would just go to work then head straight home, and maybe later go for a walk if I knew I wasn't going to see anyone I knew. I used to like going to the record shops but had to stop because the people who work there were starting to recognize me as a regular and I couldn't handle it when they tried to talk to me.
Our days sound the same, though-- a rigid routine... but I try to include some personal projects. It used to be a novel, then it was an album... and now I plan trips for my vacations.
I just pick a random country (or area) on the map and then learn as much as I can about it, figure out what I wanted to see and how long it would take to see it, and then book my flight. It would give me something to really look forward to... and somehow, when I'm traveling around, it's so much easier to interact with people-- I guess because everyone knows you're just passing through and there's not really any pressure to maintain friendships or whatever... also, I hate to say it, but when you're a tourist you've got the money and that means you have the power.
Anything can happen when you're travelling-- romance, adventure, spontaneity, anything... and the people you meet are usually up for it as well. The movement is what makes it good though.. more than the destination or whatever touristy or semi-touristy thing I've decided to do, the best part is almost always that moment when you're leaving and you don't know what's going to happen but you just know that it's going to be something.
Anyway, look into taking a trip-- that's my advice!