~Human beings are hardwired with the impulse to share our ideas and a desire to know we’ve been heard. It’s all part of our need for community.~ Touch
I think that community is incredibly important and that it comes in many forms.
I grew up in a working-class neighbourhood, where all the neighbours knew each other and people looked out for each other. For example, if I got locked out of my house, I had no qualms about going to see a neighbour and staying there until my parents came home. We had other kids in the neighbourhood come to our house for lunch (because my mom stayed at home, while some other moms in the neighbourhood were working). There was a real sense of community that still exists today – I have friends from that time in my life that I am incredibly close to and I think that part of the reason we are still connected is because of our shared community history.
Over the years, we have moved a number of times and one thing that I missed a great deal was that sense of community. I could walk down the street and not know any of my neighbours. More importantly, even if I reached out, my neighbours weren’t really interested in getting to know my family either. I think that part of the reason that happened was that we were new to the area and didn’t know anyone there (whereas other already had that community sense like the once I’d experienced growing up). That being said, I do remember moving to a small town and living in a tiny apartment complex where we all knew one another well and, despite our differences in age (there were a couple that were in their early 20s all the way up to an elderly widow who was in her 70s) we often had barbeques together and even found overselves bonding during the NorthEast blackout of 2003 (where, despite what Wikipedia says, we were without power for 3 days!).
With the changes in technology have come the development of different types of communities. 10 years ago, if someone would have told me that I would be part of a blogging community, I would have said, “What the heck is a blog?” and laughed when it was explained to me! Today, however, that isn’t the case. I’m very lucky to connect with my readers and also with other bloggers. While it doesn’t, in my mind, replace the other important communities in my life, it does add another dimension to my experiences and allow me a connection with a group of unique and interesting people with whom I never would have connected.
So, when I was watching Touch a few weeks ago and head this quote, I had to pause and write down this quote because community has, and still is, a really important aspect of my life. With this community (as with others), I always hope that I am being heard and that people are interested in what I have to say.
That is why I love the comments that you, my readers, leave for me on my blog! It helps to learn more about you, to hear what you are thinking and it provides me with the reinforcement that I am being heard.
Is community something that is important to you?