One of the things I'm also realizing is probably just the way I'm wired and not something I can do much about is 'out of sight, out of mind' for social connections--even *if* I really like someone and don't want to lose them. The only relationships I can maintain are ones where I see people regularly and organically or can simulate that--ie, Mastodon, playing video games with my siblings long-distance.
ADD, socializing, new job as possible good fit
My feeling is that petsitting might work well with this. Unlike with a 'normal job,' my work hub *is my home.* And my workspace is *my actual physical local space.* I can build my sense of place/social belonging in the way I naturally do--knitting together social connections/work requirements with reinforcing physical information that is relevant to me.
re: ADD, socializing
@jake same, actually
@jacek It drives me up a wall :| At my old job, since it was all online communication, I kept a database just to remind myself of who everyone was and when I'd last talked to them and about what :| 6000 something entries.
I hear you!
In workspace I let it go. Never really worked in a proper corporation though.
Now I'm working with a client that is a smallish governmental corp-like, and I'm starting to be like: "Who did I just talked to on the phone? <shrugs> They'll send a follow-up e-mail". In case of any issues I'll just mail to project manager politely asking to forward it to appropriate place (which obviously means I can't be a project manager, which is fine).
When I was an academic teacher I just very politely nodded to every student that greeted me, and then structured my courses that way they don't notice that 90% of the group could be replaced with strangers and I'd be none the wiser.
@jacek Ha XD Yes. The old 'I'll just be nice to everyone and they'll fill in the blanks and assume I know who they are..."
Polish makes this somewhat easier. In academic setting you are rarely on first-name terms with students, but use honorific terms, which probably would be translated as "Sir" (Panie) and "Madam" (Pani).
Very easy to avoid names.
It also maked me very fair teachers (if you can't remember them you can't play favourites).
@jacek I think Jane Goodall has something similar? I remember reading that, at least, and that she covers for it by just treating everyone like they're a friend she hasn't seen in ages.
@jake Which reminds me I need to somehow notify of all my friends that while I might be bad at keeping in touch I do appreciate them.
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