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With such a free spirited and restless heart, I genuinely wonder why I have such a hard time being away from Longmont, Colorado. I've pondered the thought of it being the air, the Inta Juice, the fact that it's something I'm familiar with, the memori...

With such a free spirited and restless heart, I genuinely wonder why I have such a hard time being away from Longmont, Colorado. I've pondered the thought of it being the air, the Inta Juice, the fact that it's something I'm familiar with, the memories, or my family that make me yearn for the place I call home, but it's all wrong. The thing that makes my heart long for Longmont, Colorado is the simple fact that the community believes in me. Everybody that it inhabits has watched me grow up through the boyfriends, spray tans, and embarrassing outfits, and like God, they have delighted in my journey, which makes my heart so full of happiness. Each conversation I have had with the people back home has been founded on the principle that I can achieve anything I want and has nourished my mind, body and soul. With every tip, blessing and gossipy chat, the folks in Longmont embed their love and encouragement. In short, 672 miles from where I lay are my sisters, brothers, parents, friends, mentors and family that see me as a leader, a provider, a jokester, a cheerleader, an artist, and something of a superhero (all of which are my favorite things.) However, in these new towns that I stumble into, I am a blank slate which is oddly unsettling for me. 
I have recently realized that seeking belonging in a new world is not the worst thing. In fact, we weren’t even created to be independent beings, so it is essential to our personal development to surround ourselves with like minded individuals that make us feel infinite. 
With that being said, I offer up a challenge to whomever comes across this. Pursue the people that are right next to you every day. Strive to link yourself with people who share your same interests and can better you as an individual. Nobody is going to love me the way my hometown does, but with the efforts between this new community and myself, I can develop a new love that can help me become even bigger.
It can become annoying and difficult to submerge into new groups of people on the daily. Small talk becomes something of an even bigger nuisance, but these relationships and belonging blossom from it. So here I am, the introverted, shy girl, telling you to stand up, stick with your interests and find people who share the same loves you do. Pursue the people on the bus, in the dining hall, in new situations and get uncomfortable for a little bit so you can get comfortable later! It is exciting stuff. 
People all over the world can believe in you, how gracious and beautiful is that?



Much Love + Blessings,
Justine

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