For Those Still Seeking Their Village

I don’t keep it a secret that life can be isolating.

I don’t sugar coat it that people need a healthy support system, and that without it, adulthood (and most especially parenthood) is nearly impossible.

So, if you feel like you’re struggling, you’re not alone. Maybe it means you haven’t found your village yet, the group of people who help pull you up when you’re down, or wipe away your tears when you can’t bite them back.

And that’s nothing to be ashamed of.

It is, however, something that can be changed.

Each day is a new one, and with it brings unlimited potential.

I find whenever I leave myself vulnerable to the people and experiences around me, I am given quite a lot of delightful surprises from the universe.

Like the lovely ladies from the photo above, who have quickly become my village because our relationships are sowed in openness.

I found them at Starbucks, no joke.

In both meet-cutes I left my heart and mind open to finding new friends, and even more importantly, spoke what was on my mind. No cares for what was “cool” or “normal,” I made it clear who I was from the getgo and forged connections on honesty and openness. And I scored some of the best friends I’ve ever had in my life in the process.

Simply by being raw and open (both with myself and others), I gathered a village that no amount or type of distance can ever weaken.

So, to those who are still searching for their familial friends: remember that life doesn’t just take a village, it also takes openness.

Learn to be yourself with respectful abandon and like will certainly attract like.

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