It's been a satisfying challenge for me to take part in this blog hop about happiness each Thursday. I mean, it's a COMMITMENT. Each week I need to set aside some time to think about happiness and what my take on it is.
One thing you need to know about me is that I've done a lot of thinking on this over the years - you COULD call it ruminating at times. But not always with hand-wringing. I've worked hard to ditch any wringing of hands! I'm just built that way - that's the type of person I am - I think about stuff. About my life, about where I'm going, about my goals, about where I want to be next year or the year after.
Lately I've been thinking a lot about finding your tribe. Well, finding MY tribe, actually. I know, it's a cliche, right?
I've been lucky over the years, even when I was little, to find some people here and there who really "got" me, people who shared my interests, people with whom I could banter and hang out. Love the banter. But there WERE times when it was a bit desert-like. When I DIDN'T have many or any of those fellow tribe members. When it got REALLY tiring to have to either hold back on what I was passionate about. Gah...
So finding my tribe was and is a big priority. It's one of the reasons that I started this blog - to share what I find inspiring and find others to share it with. The more the merrier, eh? Community.
And it's not only shared interests. That's great but it's not enough.
I realised something else - I realised that there were some times where I had people in my life who weren't really that supportive of my goals or dreams. Who would be more likely to prick pins in my little balloon dreams. Who would rather that I DIDN'T reach my goals.
It wasn't THAT obvious - not at first. But when I got the taste of having supportive people around me in ADDITION to people who shared my quirky passions, well, that was great. People who are going after THEIR own dreams too - friends that I could support. People who are positive and generous and yes, happy with their lives. People who believe that there is enough success to go around.
And that has made ALL the difference. Finding my tribe.