I subscribe to an email newsletter called Daily Om. It sends me thoughtful messages each morning (though, to be honest, some are a little too fruity for me to latch onto.) One I particularly liked was about building community, which they called "finding your tribe".
I feel like in the last year, thanks in large parts to my MFA program and Chloe-dog, I have found a group of people who I truly connect with, who understand me, and most importantly who I feel comfortable being my imperfect self in front of. I'm so grateful, and hope you all find your tribes soon, if you haven't already.
Here's a section from the "find your tribe" email:
Part of being human is the search for an individual identity. Bound to this strong need to establish a unique persona, however, is an equally intense desire for acceptance. It is when we find our individual tribes that both are satisfied. Our tribe members are those people who accept us as we are without reservation and gladly accompany us on our journeys of evolution. Among them, we feel free to be our imperfect selves, to engage unabashedly in the activities we enjoy, and to express our vulnerabilities by relying on our tribe for support. We feel comfortable investing our time and energy in the members of our tribe, and are equally comfortable allowing them to invest their resources in our development.