"I'm not sure if he said 'Tribe' or 'Family'"- Han Solo
" What's the difference?" - Beckett
From the new movie Solo: A Star Wars Story
For the majority of our time on Earth, humans have lived in tribes. It was a time when everyone knew their role in society, when everyone shared meals together, everyone knew their neighbor, and sharing resources was a necessity for the survival of the group. We use to tell story after story about our ancestors, big adventures, rival tribes, where we came from, and sometimes how we found our life mate. The time seemed so ancient and barbaric since there were limited resources like technology, healthcare, and transportation. It is easy to ignore the significance of the tribal lifestyle, but I choose to believe that we lived a more purposeful life during this time.
Our ancestors were not attached to material things, because they enjoyed giving to their neighbors. They were not glued to their phone during meals, for they laughed and enjoyed their hard earned meals. No one had student loan debt, because everyone knew their role in society and made significant contributions from what they were naturally gifted at. Nobody was depressed from a lack of family and identity, because everyone shared the same heart within a tribe and looked out for one another. Although we are far from this age of living in tribes, I believe that we can still tap into this tribal mindset to begin living a more natural lifestyle.
The first step is to find your tribe. It is important to surround yourself around others who share the same passion. If you are passionate about running, you can do a quick Google search for "local running clubs near me" and you would be surprised at how many opportunities pop-up! It is so important to find your tribe, because this is where you find your identity and role within society. College degrees only take you so far, but your tribe will naturally place you in areas that suit your strengths. When you fit into society by utilizing your strengths, you begin to move with more purpose and natural energy throughout the day. And hey, you never know who you might meet in your tribe; you might meet a few people who forever change the trajectory of your life.
NOTE: if you are in the Chicagoland area and are looking for your next running TRIBE, November Project-Chicago meets every Wednesday (6:28 am @ random locations) and Friday (6 am @ the Bean) for a great team work out!