One of the most important things I’ve learned over the years is the importance of surrounding yourself with a ‘community’ of like-minded people who are there to truly support you. Life is tough at the best of times. Trying to do it alone makes it even tougher. It’s one thing to have family and friends supporting you (which is a true blessing), but to be able to have people who are on the same path as you, striving to be ‘better’, is just as important. If all you have are negative people surrounding you, or even just people who don’t understand/can’t relate to who you are striving to be, then you may never reach your true potential. This doesn’t mean that you have to cut those people out of your life completely, but it is important to at least recognize these differences so that you don’t let them hold you back. A specific example would be all the negative comments that people give when you are trying to live a more vegetarian/vegan lifestyle (like I am right now). So many people just don’t understand it at all (or totally disagree with it for their own reasons), so they act negatively/defensively about it. (‘but how do you get your protein?’; ‘what about your iron levels?’; ‘don’t you feel weak/tired all the time now?’). It is important to understand that everyone is on their own journey, and dealing with their own ‘stuff’, so some compassion and empathy can go a long way in any situation. But don’t let these people hold you back!
I am definitely aware of all of the drawbacks of technology these days, but one big positive for me is the use of ‘groups’ on Facebook, in particular. One group that I am currently in is so positive and supportive, as well as informative. The members are from all over the world but have one big thing in common…we are all trying to be healthier overall (mind, body, and soul). What a big difference a supportive community makes! So please, go out and find people (even one person!) who can be a ‘supportive community’ for you and your dreams. It will make a big difference, I promise!