Building Communities As Alternative Lifestyles
February 10, 2011 1:46 PM Subscribe
For a long time now I've been aching to feel part of a larger community. Have you ever felt this way? How did you handle it? Have you ever built or been a part of a tight-knit social circle or community that lasted?
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(For clarity's sake, when I say community I mean, ideally, between 10-30 people, although that's just what I picture in my head, not a requirement.)
I graduated from college five years ago and since then I've missed that feeling of belonging to a wider community. I still have some great friends and a loving family, but something's missing. And I don't mean a romantic partner - I've been in wonderful relationships and still longed to be part of a group. A group of people who all know each other and love and support each other and are active in each other's lives and challenge each other to be awesome. I'd much rather work on building that than aiming for 2.5 kids and a home in the suburbs.
Do you feel like you belong to a (off-line) community? How did you find/make it? What aspects do you find the most fulfilling? Have you ever tried and failed to build a community? I'm interested in any and all opinions/dreams/experiences/recommendations you might have on the subject.
And just to mention a couple of avenues I have considered - I know a lot of people turn to religious organizations for a sense of community, but I'm an agnostic/atheist. (And in general, the kind of community I'd want to be a part of would be very tolerant and open to/encouraging of alternative lifestyles.) Also, I'm interested in moving into a co-op but won't be able to logistically until next fall.