So I have been thinking about how people react to cohousing. Very few are so excited that they are jealous of those that are in it. That’s how I felt – jealous of those who had a cohousing up and running near them and could move in. I had to wait and then I got in and felt lucky. But some people would deliver furniture, or fix pipes, or whatnot and visit the community. I remember one guy saying he just moved to the country. He didn’t like even having normal neighbors. I thought, “poor guy, no community.”
Now I see how people are jealous of me (Not that that is my goal just an indicator of the culture). I post pictures of my condo near the beach. People say – “post more pics”, “I wish I lived on the beach”, etc. But when I lived in cohousing no one wrote – “Wow, I wish I lived so close to so many people. I wish I lived with a bunch of weirdos.”
Now, I”m a weirdo too. That’s why I moved in. But I didn’t realize that some could be way weirder than me. And none of my friends nor family told me what they really thought – being so close can cause trouble if there are real problems. I found out the hard way – dark weirdos, scary weirdos.
Now I enjoy my new neighbors – a large pod of dolphins!!!!