Yes. I just released a post about solidarity.
To complete the previous thought, I felt the need to write a little about community.
I feel like two foils–a simple paradox–best explains a concept. At least, that’s usually the way it works for me…
One of the most therapeutic experiences for me is hanging out with cats.
I don’t even own a cat.
It’s scientifically proven that cuddling (most especially with kittens), hugs, and being in the presence of others is good for you. It actually releases oxytocin in your body, which is always a good sign (for a quick reference, check out 10 Reasons Why Oxytocin is the Most Amazing Molecule in the World).
My point is, being in the presence of people is good for you.
Isolating yourself can often cause depression, anxiety, and a general sense of un-belonging-ness.
Yes, I just made up that word on the spot.
You can thank me later when your subconscious accidentally causes you to repeat it in conversation.
As a natural-born introvert, who grew up reading for 2-3 hours a day and keeping to myself for the majority of my childhood, it’s easy for me to quickly retreat from people.
However, when I was younger, I was forced into seeing a multitude of people every day: at school, sporting events, my own volleyball games, dance lessons, etc.
It wasn’t as if I spent my childhood in solidarity.
I just knew what it meant to balance my time.
Strangely enough, I often think about this as I go through my day-to-day tasks: how easy it was to balance my time when my hours were already structured for me.
Obviously, things change when responsibility shifts. It’s harder to see people every day–you have to make an effort to even get out and spend time with those you love.
But it’s essential.
To continually be inspired, grow relationships, and learn to love others in their own respective way.
Community is key.
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Have a lovely Tuesday,