Community.... what does that mean? What does that spring up in your head when that word is said to you??
The literal definitions of community are:
1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common
2. the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common
But a community is so much more than its dictionary definition.
A community is something you share, a community is something that we all work towards. Community is hope, love, inclusion, equality, fun.
And given everything that is happening in the world today I think its time we began remembering that.
A community shouldn't be hidden behind a hurdle, a community should not be a path leading up to a golden gate that you don't have the password for. A community is not a paid subscription service where the people who can pay more (be it time or money or the people you know) get access to the better things.
Community is the marches we see in the world today, people embracing each other as they walk towards a common goal. A community is a shared fight or a shared love, where hundreds of voices cry out together.
But the most important thing is, it doesn't matter how much you bring to that community, you are still a part of it. Whether you have all the cool friends, or you are someone who has just stumbled into it, or the person who feels like they don't give enough, you are all as important as each other. Because you are the glue that holds it together.
Yes, we must have leaders, but what is the point of a leader if they don't have the support of those around them??
So I ask that we stop yelling at each other about who contributes more and instead share in the things that brought us together.
And if you are scared of joining that community because you are worried about a golden gate... then I will tell you this. No community has a golden gate, sing in the rain, dance with your friends do as much as you can. You are part of that community and that is what matters.
And if the 'community' you are in, insists on hurdles and gates and steps to prove your commitment, then that isn't a community. Its something else entirely.
SO go, go make art with your art community, go march with your peers for something that you all want to fight for, go dance if you want to, go play games, do all the things.
And just revel in the joy that is a community.