In a world where borders are becoming stricter and the pandemic forces us to stay at home, it’s becoming vital knowing where we belong to. Especially at our age, there’s a deep craving to be a part of a community and to find our tribe.
It is said that a sense of belonging to a greater community improves our motivation, health, and happiness. However, in order to develop it, we require active effort and practice. For the American researcher and storyteller Brené Brown, when struggling to find our own tribe, we should maybe take off that armour which is preventing us from growing into our gifts.
I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armour could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy and lovable, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever. Time is growing short – she explains-. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through your veins. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen
In my opinion, a way to work on increasing our sense of belonging is to look for things we are similar to others instead of focusing on ways we are different.
I personally feel strongly connected with all of you who are redefining the meaning of midlife, challenging old clichés and stereotypes. The great thing is that I’m aware of being part of something bigger: sharing our differences and still accepting them create not only a sense of harmony but also such an incredible, positive vibe around us.
In the process of finding your tribe, don’t be afraid of showing your true-colour; it’s only by seeing ourselves mirrored in the other that we discover more about who we are. Be wise, age playfully!