June Blog Challenge Day 30: COMMUNITY
I have never felt I belong anywhere but by myself. From childhood through college, my community has never been consistent, as I never was able to fit in with any one group. I became a part of the community that was my focus at the time, almost like a chameleon, but it was never a perfect fit, there was always something a little off, I never truly fit in. I am not in contact with most of my childhood friends, as my siblings are. I have few friends, but the few I have are wonderful people whom I cherish very much. Even with my friends, though, each belongs to a different part of my world, and rarely do all my friends interact within the same community. I just figured that's how my life was supposed to be - I am one of those people who is independent enough to withstand the life of a loner.
This blog challenge has really opened my eyes to the power of virtual communities. Just because I don't know everyone in this challenge face-to-face, doesn't mean that we aren't a part of the same community, doesn't mean I don't know you all. It's just a different kind of community, one, I'm guessing, that 30 years ago, no one thought would be possible. The internet has opened the world to loaners like me, so that we can finally find a community in which we fit.
My first foray into the virtual community world was because of recovery. This blog was born through a wonderful online recovery community project. I have yet to meet any of my virtual friends face to face, but that doesn't make them any less special. I so appreciate each comment left on my blog, and am honored to leave comments for others. Reading others thoughts, hearing their stories, it's a treat to get a peek into your worlds, your minds. I feel a sense of belonging that I have lacked for much of my life. I have grown through this project in a way I never anticipated. Community, as it turns out, like life, is what you make it. And everyone reading this blog, everyone that I have met, ultimately helps me grow as a person, and plays a role in shaping my community. For that, I thank you.
Prompt: To end, I chose the word “community” because that’s what these blogger challenges are about. What does community mean to you? How does it fit into your life? Into your health? Into your recovery? Or how does it relate to blogging? Or family? Share with us what it means for you.