Finding your tribe in life is important. You get to do life together, make memories and laugh out loud with people who care about you. They can also support you when life knocks you down.
Have you ever hiked with a meetup group? This is what will happen normally. You wake up at the crack of dawn to meet up with your fellow hikers at a carpool location. Sometimes, you will see familiar faces. Most likely, you will meet a bunch of new people with whom you get to share a car ride with for the next 2 or 3 hours.
If you’re lucky, the conversation throughout the trip will be interesting and you learn the quirkiness of total strangers in such a short span. If not, you can pretend you don’t get enough sleep last night and doze off into a nap 😉
Wandering in the woods always puts me in a good mood. Yes, it can be physically challenging. I always struggle in the beginning and on uphill climbs. But, if you focus on your breathing and keep putting one foot in front of the other, you will get to the top of the mountain. The gorgeous view at the top will be worth all the pains and discomfort you are experiencing on the way up.
Plus, you get to travel with like-minded people. If you keep showing up, these strangers become friends you get to share life with. You find your tribe. The saying that “No man is an island” is true. We are meant to do this life with others.
Likewise, in life, we face challenges that can bring us down to our knees: getting a cancer diagnosis (or other chronic illness), losing your house in the fire, getting a divorce, losing someone you love or losing the life you have built for years. If you are lucky, you have a support system in place for a time like this – your loving family, your circle of friends, or your church community.
I lost my support system when I had to move into the middle of nowhere. I was thrown into deep depression for a whole year. When I came out of it, I decided to start this blog. It is partly my own journey to healing. The other part is I want to inspire and encourage people who are going through a hard time. I want to let them know that they are not alone.
So, this is my roll call for those who have an inspiring and encouraging story to share. If you have overcome an adversity, I would love to feature your story. Let’s become a light for those that are going through a dark moment in their lives.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form on this site.
I will be dubbing those I feature on my blog as the LOL Makers – the people who make the most out of whatever challenges life throws at them.
I have my first LOL maker this week. Virgil Anderson is battling mesothelioma, yet he is being a light for others by advocating workplace safety to prevent unsuspecting youth from the dangers of asbestos. You can read his story here.
If you are going through a hard time, stick around and read some inspiring and encouraging articles. Join my mailing list to get inspirations delivered to your inbox. Know that you aren’t alone in your struggles. I want you to find your tribe here. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. You will get through this. Before long, you will reach your mountain top and you will be amazed how much stronger you have become because of this trial.
Would you join me and become a LOL Maker?