Bob wrote:With all due respect, some new comers remind me of scouts expecting to earn all available merit badges before their first scout meeting.
In what way exactly am I doing that? I asked for clarification about what you meant, in what I thought was a concise and respectful way.
You seem to have misinterpreted my meaning in this thread. You make it sound like you think I'm like some kind of naive, overstimulated little kid trying to get round every stall at the local fun fair.
All I said was that I wanted to find SOME WAY to participate. I don't have any intention of trying to volunteer for every available thing. I don't intend to try and work 12-hour shifts every day I'm there. I do enough of those at home. What I said was, I wanted to be sure that I could find some way of being a part of things and making some contribution to the community. That doesn't mean overestimating how much I might be capable of, overcommitting, or running around frantically trying to be a part of every single thing, all the time. I just want to find some small way to be a part of the bigger picture.
I appreciate what you say about having my shit together. I understand that survival is the single highest priority. I have no intention of neglecting my self-care. I'm not an airhead. I'm not even that young anymore (woe!) and I do have my head screwed on right. I fully intend to take care of myself as my first and highest priority.
But you seem to be equating enthusiasm with naïveté, and I think there's a marked difference between the two. I don't intend to be on the wrong side of that dividing line.