I've been thinking a lot about community lately, and what that means.
The definition of ‘community’ on a surface level – is a group of people having shared interests, but to me it means so much more.
For instance, this year I'm fortunate enough to be part of a national level sports team which currently consists of some of the best talent in Australia, and whilst this might naturally create competition and tension in other groups given the personalities that come with it, I’ve found everyone in the team to be genuinely supportive of each other. When we train every week, the mindset isn’t about ‘how do you get better than the girl on either side of you,’ but rather ‘what can you do to help each other be kick ass players’. This is evident when we run never ending laps/ sprints every week (no matter what we always finish together).
If there is one take out from this for me, then it’s that whilst there are pockets of communities everywhere, the best ones are the ones that have everyone within it taking the time to ensure everyone else belongs, so that in that process they find belonging themselves.