I don't like thinking about money. It would nice if people just did the work they wanted to do, and in exchange, got the things they needed. In a way, it feels like that now. I mean, I have a job, and as long as I continue to have a job, there is money there in my account, so if there is something I need, I get it. So I go to my job, and I get the things I need, and the connection to those two things is not always noticeable, even though it is having the job that allows me to get the things I want.
I don't like money, so it would seem that time banking would be nice, because it would help me to get out of the money system. But time banking has the same mentality of you do some work, and you get things you want in return.
That mentality just doesn't come naturally to me. I want to do the work I want to do. I work hard at things because I want to. I work hard on things like writing blogs, compiling photos, compiling playlists, and learning to dance. I don't really want to get paid for doing things. I help the people I want to help, because I want to. I don't want to get paid for it. I don't want to get paid for doing these things, but I want to be able to tap into resources, to be able to get the things I need and want.
A friend told me that her neighborhood had been evacuated during a flood. She stayed at a community center until a friend from her job took her in. I didn't know her then. But if there was a flood in her neighborhood again, I'd want to take her in.
If there was a flood in her neighborhood again, there would be time bank members in her neighborhood in need of shelter. She is not a time bank member. If I took in a time bank member, I could earn time bank credits for it. I don't want to take in some random time bank member. I want to take in the people I like. I want to take in the people I want to help. I want to do it because I want to do it. I don't want money for it. I don't want time bank credits for it.
I want to help the people I like, and I want there to exist people who feel the same way about me. I don't know if there are any people who want to help me, other than my relatives who don't live near me.
That's one reason why I joined the time bank. Because there's not much help that people want to give me for free. I joined the time bank because if I need a friend and don't have one, I can pay someone time bank credits to be my friend.