Finding community through vulnerability

By Hannah Michelle Bussa
Recently, I was scrolling through Instagram, and an acquaintance of mine had shared this quote: “Healing is not about doing the work alone, being individualistic, or never asking for help, it’s about actively finding community through vulnerability, conscious communication, + creativity,” – @the.holistic.psychologist

In the last few years, I have grown to recognize the importance of asking for help. However, it has felt like my community has continued to change. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the ways of finding community have moved mostly online. I started at a new college last fall, so many of the people I have met this year have been images in a box on Zoom calls. While I have appreciated the level of connection that has been available to me with technology, I think we can all agree that this is not quite the same.

Now, as vaccines have become more widely available in Nebraska and the CDC has changed recommendations on wearing masks, the ways of finding community are going to change again.

After a pretty isolating year, I think actively finding community is important. I hope as we go through these times of transition, that we can focus on being vulnerable, communicating, and being creative to do just that. We are all connected, so I am looking forward to finding ways to be in community with more people again.
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