Its all about the community – Celebrating Community Blog Hop!
Community is a word that’s difficult to define. It’s like porn, you know it when you see it. I’ve had a hard time in my life being in groups of people. Usually I have one or two friends and that‘s it. In college I had a small group I spent time with, but even then, it was usually only 4 or 5 of us. As soon as there’s a group, my anxiety, self-doubt and social ineptitude seem to jump into overdrive.
A strange thing happened when we moved to the small town I live in now. Suddenly I was in a community. A real, honest to goodness, fireworks on the Forth of July at the town center community. I didn’t really know what to do with it. Now, almost 10 years later, this community has come to mean more to me than I would have thought possible. We live in a place where everyone knows my husband’s name and that he’s the guy with the big red jeep. They know because during Snow-mageddon a few years ago, he used it to drive a man to the hospital, and to deliver food to the snowed in town workers. We have a community market, a weekend warriors home project group, and even go to Church.
Now that I’m approaching 35, I can say I have a few communities I belong to and love. I have my neighborhood, who has been full of amazing generosity and support over the last year while I’ve been ill. I have my Church, which, while I haven’t been there in a long time I know they love me and will welcome me back when I return. Plus I have my online friends. Without the internet I would have never met Kerry on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer chatroom almost 15 years ago (good lord, how is that possible!?!) I wouldn’t have Sara and Chantal or my other FanFic friends from Tricky Raven and I certainly wouldn’t have met the amazing authors and bloggers of the Indie Community!
I’m still kind of a shut in and don’t typically enjoy large groups of people. Given the choice I’d usually rather stay home or just hang out with my husband or 1 friend. But when I do go out, and I do that more and more, I’m surrounded by amazing people who have enhanced my life more than I could have expected.
So community togetherness, to me, is about coming together with people with an open heart. It’s about giving of yourself when you can and about letting others take care of you without guilt (this is really hard for me). It’s about treating everyone you meet like a part of your inner circle and even though that may backfire sometimes, you will open yourself up to unimaginable possibilities.
Thank you especially to everyone reading along and blogging during this event. It’s been amazing to get to know everyone. The recipes yesterday were wonderful, and full of stories of family and personal history. Today I’ve been reading your community posts and once again, even though I know this already, I’ve been reminded anew that we really aren’t that different.
All My Love
Check out everyone’s great recipes and community posts HERE