All posts tagged: community

Where Do I Belong?

Metastate is about honoring each other’s stories, no matter how different, and creating a more complete picture of our hopes, our fears, our dreams. We’ll share our conversations here and invite you to add your voices to the discussion. Pull up a chair and join us as we recount the stories and lessons of our lives… Maryn:  I’m curious, have you ever felt like you were part of a community? Surrounded by people who were really your kind of people? Darree:  I’ve been thinking about this question since last night and I want to say yes, but to be honest, I’ve never really felt like I was understood. Being understood is a huge part of whether I feel connected to something or not. Even when people have nodded to my opinions, interests, choices and questions, I always had a feeling that they were secretly thinking, “She’s weird.”  Maryn:  I know what you mean. I have been a part of some groups where I felt like I could “play along.” I had fun and shared certain things about myself, but as you say, I didn’t feel …

Find Your Place

Sometimes we must go in search of a place where we belong. It is not always our hometown or the family we are born into. We may find our kind in a new city thousands of  miles away or in an unexpected encounter at our local coffee shop. No matter where we end up, we should not lose hope. Families, communities, and support systems are made everyday. We only need to seek them out.          E.G. is a professor in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the first Artist-in-Residence for the GLBT Historical Society. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.