-where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?-
community is defined as a social group of any size, whose members share a cultural or historical heritage, common characteristics or interests, and perceives itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists. i belong to a community of two. i rediscover it every year. not just in 2010, but since 2001. my husband and myself comprise the most important community that i’ve ever been a part of.
from my mid-teens to my mid-twenties i was a part of the punk rock community, a staple on the gilman street scene. i was even in a band. so were all my friends.
when i settled down somewhat i became a member of the working class community, interesting enough in the adult industry. it’s not what you might think. good vibes was a progressive, female-focused business that provided sex-positive products and accurate information that promoted health, pleasure and empowerment. during my decade there, i developed a unique and useful skill set. i started out as an educator and ended up as a marketeer, discovering a talent for copy writing along the way.
i’ve been on the periphery of the weight loss community for the last five years. i consider myself a member of the programs i participate in, but have never identified with the group “at large”.(sorry, i couldn’t resist). losing weight is something i do, not who i am.
in 2011 i would like to explore my creative options. i want to write more. i want to compose pieces with a purpose. i’m interested in both the on-and-offline communities. i’ve already started this blog. i’ll see where it takes me. maybe i’ll even enroll in a college course.