Water for Camels

A lesson I learned over 30 years ago still rings true today. We need to belong. We need a tribe. We need others to help us get through the hard things in life. We were not meant to struggle alone.

High School is hard. Belonging to a tribe helps us to navigate through, not only the crowded corridors of the institution, but also new relationships, emerging complex feelings, social rules and expectations…all the while carving out the unique space where we fit in the universe.

Because my family moved so often, I attended three different high schools. During a life period when adolescents form and bond with the peers with whom they grew up; I was “the new kid” at three different schools.

The hunger for belonging often chewed away at my insides while I, the perpetual nomad, searched each new desert for a tribe to take me in. I…

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