Have you heard of Meetup?
If not, then you missed half of your life :p( just kidding).
Meetup is a community for people who share the same interest without necessarily knowing each other or being friends. Somebody would organize or host an event and interested people would come.
I discovered Meetup back in 2010 when I was working in Tokyo. I wanted to visit places which are not in the tourist sites/book. I found a group that do river walking. It seems she found a book written by about the old river found in Kanto area. Majority of the rivers are gone but the history is still there. I joined two events in this group and forgot about it.
When I moved back to Osaka, I reunited with Meetup and suggested my first event to a certain group. I did not know tht if you suggest an eveny you automatically end up as its host.
Ever since I’ve been hosting and doing events once or twice a moment. Sometimes almost every weekend. I found some really interesting people from different countries and some ended as my good friends.
But lately, I’ve noticed that I can’t seem to stop thinking of the next thing to do. It’s time consuming and sometimes requires a lot of patience, specially since your dealing with different personalities.
It’s fun though, but I think I have to cut it down a bit. I still have 5 events coming up, 2 of which are this coming weekend. A charity event for Nepal. Next two will be a hike and the last one will be a bbq with friends.
After let’s see if I can control myself 🙂
Ever joined a meetup event?