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Community Living 2 – Loneliness

Community Living 2 – Loneliness

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Blog, Ship Life | 0 comments

It might seem counterintuitive, but life in community can be one of the loneliest places on earth. Loneliness is something we all struggle with at one point or another (or so regularly that it comes to define us). Loneliness does not make you strange, it does not make you odd, or broken. Loneliness is a signal that something is wrong, something needs to...

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Relational Overload

Relational Overload

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Blog, Ship Life | 0 comments

You think you’re an extrovert until you live in a metal box with 400 other people. You think you recharge around them, and maybe you do, but at some point you overdo it. There’s always someone who wants to hang out, always a new story to hear or a new ear to talk off, and suddenly you realize it’s almost curfew and you need to get back to...

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Community Living 1: Pissing Matches

Community Living 1: Pissing Matches

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Blog, Ship Life |

Something you learn when living in a community comprised of over 400 hardworking volunteers: don’t get into pissing matches. Specifically over how tired you are, and why. The other day I got up at 4am to go out on a dental screening as security – and ideally to handle any media, should they show up. Not very many people knew this. Even I was...

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