Midlife Connection: Join Our Tribe

Why is Connection Important?

 

Connection is one of the most powerful human needs there is.  It has been since the beginning of time. We all want a sense of belonging to something, a feeling of community.  Healthy relationships offer us connection, security, and purpose.

 

a black and white photo of a group of young women sitting on the grass
My grandmother Zelda, at age 20, is the center-back young woman. In this photo she is with a group of her friends/coworkers in Milwaukee, WI. I can see where I get my curls and dimples from. She lived until the age of 98!

 

Through the practice of opening our hearts, sharing, and connecting we can develop a deep sense of belonging. The most important aspect of a healthy tribe is for all group members to retain their individuality and authenticity within the group experience. There is no need or desire for anyone to conform to any set of standards or expectations.

 

According to researcher Brené Brown, the opposite of belonging is fitting in. If you have traded your true self in order to feel connected, you need to find a new group.

 

It is easy to feel disconnected in our world, with all the business and chaos that often surrounds us. This is not a healthy way to live. We all need to feel like we are a part of something bigger than us. We need our people–we need a tribe to help ground us when we become overwhelmed and need a stabilizing force.

 

Busy people in casual clothes on the street.

 

I love the quote by the late, great Maya Angelou “You only are free when you realize you belong no place – you belong everyplace – you belong no place. The price is high. The reward is great.” I believe we must be okay to walk alone, to savor our beliefs and values at all cost, in order to find true connection and develop healthy relationships.

 

The Solution

 

According to Seth Godin, blogger and influencer, “It’s tribes that can change the world.”  Creating the life you want through the connections you make offers camaraderie and support along your journey. Through these relationships we have the ability to grow and expand our world, even to make a difference in the lives of others.

 

So what do we do?

 

I propose we start our own connection movement–a tribe of midlifers–-a Boom Tribe. I ask you to join us and help us become the bridge needed to create a community based in inclusion, support, courage, and joy. My hope is you can find what you need here!

 

digital visualization of a bridge with a rainbow behind it

 

Watch Brené Brown discuss her latest book Braving the Wilderness.

Read our post on Vulnerability.

 

“Paradise has never been about places.

It exists in moments. In connection.

In flashes across time.”  – Victoria Erickson

 

Please share your thoughts on the need for connection either personally or globally. Also, what do you need from this tribe?

 

Peace & Love, Janet & Sandra

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