Are you into crypto? Are you surrounded by people that just don’t get you? Does every day feel like a struggle to integrate with Bitcoin unbelievers?
Don’t worry – you’re not alone. But if you’re fed up of friends and family telling you how worried they are about your obsession with make believe money; then follow our top tips to acting ‘normal’ and you’ll soon fit right back in.
Tell your partner what they want to hear
We’d never suggest lying to your other half, but if they’ve had enough of you checking Bitcoin prices first thing and last thing – then just don’t do it so obviously.
Set the alarm, wake up extra early, check your portfolio, then take them breakfast in bed like it was the most natural thing to do. Last thing at night, do a once over around the house and check windows and doors are locked before turning in – or at least, that’s what you could say you’re doing – who’s going to know you’re actually making trades and checking prices? We won’t tell…
Know your whales from your large ocean living mammals
Most people aren’t in the know when it comes to crypto lingo. So, just remember that whilst you know a whale is someone who owns a tonne of cryptocurrency, to everyone else, a whale is just…a whale. Same goes for these dual meaning words:
- cold storage – to most people that means a fridge freezer, rather than moving your crypto offline
- fork – to regular folk, it’s a pronged implement used for eating; not when blockchain splits in two
- address – everyone else uses this for snail mail; they probably don’t mean your unique and secure alphanumeric identifier
- mining – remember, this refers to the process of extracting something from underground; not verifying transactions and creating the next block in the chain
Spend some regular money…in shops that don’t accept Bitcoin
Painful as it may be, acting ‘normal’ means doing ‘normal’ things – like not basing your purchasing decisions solely on shops that accept cryptocurrency. You might even have to force yourself to go into an actual store with real-life staff and make a few transactions in old fashioned fiat.
Brush up on small talk
What it does mean, is being enthusiastic about the weather and asking after people’s health. Our words to the wise – repeat in the mirror:
“I must not talk about Bitcoin”
“Alt-coins are out of the question”
“HODL and stay strong”
Don’t take the bait
FUDsters are all around spreading their Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt – but don’t rise to the bait. The same goes if you hear someone else talk about cryptocurrency inaccurately – bite your lip and smile politely. Losing your cool and delivering a lecture will only advance the belief that you’ve been brainwashed by the Cult of Cryptocurrency when everyone else is still worshipping at the Altar of Fiat.
Create a superhero persona
Give yourself some cover and make like Satoshi Nakamoto by creating an elusive moniker to use on crypto community forums. Think of it as Batman to your Bruce Wayne where the two never meet – which means you can keep your alt(coin) ego – and ‘regular’ self, separate. We don’t expect you to wear rubber or run around with a cape, but having a crypto-hero persona might help keep the Bitcoin bug at bay whilst you’re in the company of ‘normals’.
To the moon
Of course, you know you’ll have the last laugh when your investment goes to the moon, but until then breathe deeply and stay strong.