Community. Comunidade. Geimenschaft. However you say it, community is essential to us humans. It’s defined as “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.” Though there are other variants of the definition, it’s a coming together and enjoying a commonality. Even the most introverted among us typically like to venture out every so often to enjoy their people. Their pack. No one gets through this life on their own and like Donne said, no man is an island.
My latest post for Girls in Gis talks about just that, community. You can read it here. Definitely the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to write because it’s so hard to quantify and put in words exactly what my tribe, on the mats and off, means to me. When you’re up, it’s lovely to be able to contribute wisdom and and a helping hand where you can. When you’re in the dark times that inevitably touch us all, being held up by like-minded souls who want the best for you is one of the best feelings I know. It changes lives.
Don’t feel you have a community or tribe of kindred spirits? Find one. Make one. Give yourself to a cause, however big or small or normal or weird it might seem. There’s no rules and people will judge no matter what. It really can make all the difference and I’m pretty sure science has proven a whole bunch of times how beneficial strong social bonds are, especially as we age. Still not sure? Start Googling things that interest you and the name of where you live. Even in the Covid era, there are communities out there waiting for you. Join jiu jitsu! (wink wink, nudge nudge).
Humans have always sought to create groups for themselves, and always will. I’ve had the privilege to be a part of some great ones and wish that for you as well. It can be the difference between mediocrity and greatness, as we become who we choose to surround ourselves with. Are you part of an amazing community? I want to hear from you! Tell me what makes it so damn good, you never know who you might inspire xo.