What is a tribe? The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines Tribe as:
"Definition of tribe 1a : a social group comprising numerous families, clans, or generations together with slaves, dependents, or adopted strangers. b : a political division of the Roman people originally representing one of the three original tribes of ancient Rome. c : phyle 2: a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest."
How many tribes have you been a part of in your life? Your family, your friends from grade school, high school, and college if you went, could all be your tribes. Once you have been a part of a tribe, neither time distance can break the bonds that were formed. Even if you never see those people again, that time and those events created a resonance pattern of relationship that is forever woven into the fabric of your soul. Tribes can hold good memories as well as difficult ones. A good tribe stands with you through all of life, not just the celebratory times.
A tribe gives you a sense of belonging, a sense of community and place, and a sense of being at home in the world. A tribe is a good thing to have at any time of life. A tribe is a transformative thing to have during midlife. I wouldn't have made it through midlife without the new tribe I found.
Midlife is a new experience for everyone who is lucky enough to live long enough to experience it. It's a time that calls for reassessment or a redefinition of yourself and your goals. To form or find a new tribe that will support you, help you clarify your vision for your future, and offer support and like-minded companionship is priceless.
How do you find or form a tribe? It could be born from a group of close friends who agree to meet once or twice a month for coffee, from a book club, a volunteer organization, a workshop group or any gathering of people who have something in common and a want to share in and support each other's experience. Get out there and take a class, join a civic or volunteer group, and expand your tribe! It will enrich your life.
Sometimes it's hard to find your tribe locally. Stay tuned, as Midlife Reboot! starts our Online Tribe, allowing women from across the country to share with and support one another, in this new stage of life, Regency!