Family Circles

Similar to Red Wood trees, we all have family circles.

Circles that offer us vitality. These circles are our parents, siblings and extended family. The individuals that you can always count on to be there, even when disaster strikes.

 

These individuals are the seeds.

The seeds from which we grow emotionally, physically, and mentally.

Our parents are the roots.

And our siblings and extended family play a myriad of roles:

They are the plow that tills the land.

The water that keeps us healthy and allows us to maintain our growth.

The fertilizer that helps us grow faster and bigger so that we can increase our yield.

I’ve written a lot about how we live in a connection economy and that the work of an artist is to create connections that change people.

It turns out that, the most important connection we have is the connection with our family.

Because family circles, no matter how terrible the damage, keep us alive.

 

Where it All Started.

It started with our parents.

It quickly came to involve their parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins.

It started with a sacrifice here and there — less sleep, less time with friends, less of doing what they wanted to do and more of doing what we wanted to do.

The little sacrifices quickly turned into large sacrifices — altering career trajectories, postponing the pursuit of passions, moving to the neighbored with the better school, living in a smaller house, working the job that allowed ends to meet.

It started with a teacher.

It quickly became teachers, professors, educators or individuals that shaped how we viewed the world.

It started with a mentor.

It quickly became mentorship, a foot in the door, an internship, the first job, a career.

While we all come from different backgrounds — socioeconomic statuses, family structure, access, exposure, and will ultimately all end up in different places, it all started with someone other than ourselves.

We all have had the help of others to get to where we are today.

And will need others to get to where we want to go tomorrow.

While at times it may seem like it, we can’t go at it alone.

We need each other.