We know we can’t pick our natal family, or even the environment our family is in. The wondrous thing about this like is, what is natal isn’t permanent.
You go through this life and make your own way and gather your own people.
Whether they be queer or trans, emo, geek or goth, the finding of your tribe is really you finding whom you are.
So, who are you?
It makes no sense to go through this life and not change or conform. But the power of that dynamic is that it is dynamic. Life itself is intersectional! Don’t shy from that. Accept those things of you that are important or strange to you.
Me? I’m a married black woman that writes and loves art, old movies and comics and Jesus. My community overlaps. I accept that.
I like the dark and the strange and revolutionary along with all these other aspects as well.
So, how do you accept those things to find your tribe?
Self-acceptance. The answer to the all-important ‘who are you.’
Whoa. I know, right?
There are things that you immutable about your existence. Your race, your parents, your blood type, where you grew up. But there are things about yourself that you discover as you travel through this life. Things that spark and inspire, unravel you and infuriate, or make you better.
You are the voyager of this ship. Your passengers are up to you. Who will you include? Exclude? Help steer?
You will never become whom you’re supposed to become until you identify whom you are and find those that see you the same way.
Be brave. Look deep. Be unafraid of what you see or what you find or what is said when those inner treasures are found. All that you find is all you find and yet there will be more.
Journey safely beloveds, the world needs you.