What is Community?

(This post is part of our 2014 Resolve to Evolve program.)

Sometimes life can get lonely. Maybe you have a long commute or long hours. Maybe you work in a small office, or a small town. Maybe you moved away after school to a city where the only familiar face at the end of a long day is your dog’s.

They say that if you find your people, you’ll find your purpose. But who are your people? Who is your community? And how do you find them?

Your community is made up of others who share your outlook on life, your interests or passions, or your values. They’re the ones who get you, because they’re like you and they like you. Shorthand, they’re your people, your tribe.

Being in community helps us get better. They’re the people who sharpen us. They hold us accountable. They inspire us. They’re the ones we call with a work emergency, or a life emergency, and we know they’ll step up and step in. They get us. Our tribe is where we’re found; where we belong.

The good news is we all have a community. If you haven’t found yours yet, it’s out there.

This month we’ll take a look at why you should be in community, how to find them, and how to make it last.

 

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Johanna Price

Johanna Price is a writer and editor living in the Twin Cities. Follow her on Twitter @johannaprice.