The Importance of a Tribe
They say it takes a village to raise a child. I would say for me, it takes a tribe to walk this healthy living, weight loss, world I'm in. And I'm incredibly lucky to have a solid group of people who have been encouraging and solid. And that's a lucky thing for sure.
SO, a successful tribe, for me, is pretty varied and encompasses different people. Because it's unfair to expect one person to be everything, cheerleader, coach, etc.
I have great friends who hike with me and we do things that don't revolve around food. And I also still have those friends who we meet for happy hour or a good meal. And that's okay, those are the friends that understand that I'm not going to eat off their plate. They don't, and haven't to date, made me feel weird about not eating a full meal, or ask if I'm going to have a salad, or judge me for having a bite of dessert (because I'm human and chocolate sometimes has to happen).
I have family that always show up. Always. I could write way more about that, but really, isn't that what you want family to do?
Tribes aren't perfect and heaven knows that I don't always say the right thing or act the best. But that's what makes it even better. Real people, supporting in real ways.
I know that I have worked hard to get a healthier life, but I honestly don't think I would be where I am without this important group of people who listen to me bounce off ideas, hatch crazy plans, and come along for the ride. I hope that I'm able to support them in return. Because, seriously, I wouldn't be nearly as far by myself.
Happy September, I am planning to update my hiking mileage, and blog about some of the amazing trails I've fallen in love with here in Middle Tennessee. What else do you want to hear about?