“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery
To be honest–and after all, honesty is the name of the game here at The Modern Bee–I had a different piece in mind to write and post here today. But it’s Valentine’s Day, and I decided to write about something else that relates to the heart today–camaraderie.
As you may have noticed, we don’t just interview women here, we try to get into her shoes for the duration of her “week of feature” both in our online community and truthfully, beyond that time period and into our everyday lives. We want to carry a piece of her with us, whether it’s through a family recipe, a new way of seeing something, or a “how did I live without this” kind of tip; the belief in this circle is that we learn more about ourselves by learning from others, and our differences can show us how alike we actually are. There’s tremendous comfort in this. For starters, I know I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reflected on self-responsibility and whether I’m holding myself accountable for my actions, something I learned from Vanessa. Or how smoothie bowls have become a staple in my diet thanks to Emily, and how I always think of her bright disposition when I add another color to my “rainbow” of flavors. Just like a circle is infinite, once somebody joins our circle here, their mark on us in one way or another is infinite.
This all being said, Valentine’s Day can be hard for myriad of reasons. My hope is that this little community, that while it may grow, will forever remain an intimate, comforting, uplifting and safe place where we can count on that gift of camaraderie. And that we always remember that love comes in all sorts of different iterations–from that comforting, heirloom recipe to that tight hug from a friend–here’s to being open to accepting love. And to you readers and the women who have so far joined the circle with your voices: thank you for being part of this community; I hope it comes to mean as much to you as it and your being here does for me. –Michaela