Topic of the Week: Leaving the Milieu
Have you ever felt the need to leave the anarchist milieu behind (or have you more or less already done so?) What makes people (or you) leave or separate themselves from the anarchist milieu? Have you ever taken breaks--and what made you get back into the mix? How did leaving (temporarily or permanently) affect you or the people you know? Is there anything you regret about leaving (e.g. severing ties with friends you wish you hadn't, leaving behind projects that you had invested a lot of time in, moving away from places you liked, etc.)?
What is important to you about being involved in one way or another, and why are you compelled to do so (or why aren't you compelled to any more?) How can (or do) you engage with anarchism outside of the milieu? How much of the milieu is what you (and the people you choose to collaborate with) make of it, and what elements are inescapable? How often have you needed to separate yourself from certain events, projects, people, situations, etc. while maintaining active connections elsewhere?
Why is burnout so common, and has anyone found any remedies? How often does leaving the anarchist milieu mean leaving behind anarchism itself (i.e. proclaiming not to be an anarchist anymore, or taking on another political ideology)? How do you get over the initial curve and make it into your thirties without "growing" out of anarchism? Can you see yourself becoming disillusioned by the milieu but not anarchism?
What's your favorite aspect of the anarchist milieu? What frustrates you the most?