We chat about communities every day here at BOF. Shannon has a note at her desk that states “Community is not a place, it’s a way of life”. We update one another about challenges, successes and little wins for the communities we work (and live) in. But let’s get to the core of things.
Have you ever been a part of something bigger than you? You might be rolling your eyes at the very grand question so early in the morning, but I challenge you to think about it. Isn’t that the truth of a community- the sum is greater than its individual parts? If you’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of a community, in any way, shape or form, take a moment to think about it.
Did you choose the community, or did it seem like the community choose you? Did you muscle your way in, or were you invited? Has the idea of this community, or way of life, fizzled, or are you still kickin’? I’m curious– there’s no right or wrong answer. Sometimes you just fall into the right place and all you can do is look back, smile, and thank the heavens above.
I think both ways are good ways, because it’s always about the people. NO. MATTER. WHAT. It’s the people. It’s the reason you follow your hairdresser to a new salon, or you tell your friends about the best brunch secret in town. It’s the experience at large… and the people behind it, in front of it, and in it. And don’t forget, you’re a part of that community, too.
Katie Scully is a Community Manager at Brains on Fire. Meet her here.