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I am an introvert. I recently joked that I would do anything for a stranger if they were ever in true need but putting on a bra and keeping a dinner date with a friend…. that’s a challenge. For those close to me, this is not a surprising revelation. They acknowledge my “perfect day” is one where I can lock myself away and get lost in a good book while sipping on a quality scotch. For those who don’t know me well, this can come as a shock because, yes, I really like connecting with people in an authentic way and yes, I do live in a tiny house community.
In actuality, the thought of living in a tiny house community gave me quite a bit of angst in the beginning. All those people! And I would have to see them on a day-to-day basis, while at home… what if they wanted me to share my scotch? The Horror. But, as many of you know, finding a place to legally park your tiny house is TOUGH. So, with limited options, we ended up in a tiny house community and… it’s been the best thing ever.
It isn’t the place so much as it is the people. I can honestly say, I like hanging out with these people. We come from all different backgrounds and are at different stages of life, but we are like-minded in how we choose to live our lives and that unity is beautiful. Over the last year, that relationship has developed into a familial vibe. We often have meals together, celebrate birthdays or life accomplishments and do our monthly goat sacrifice to the tiny house gods… (oh c’mon, I know some of you think tiny house communities are cults, so I had to throw it in there!).
Truly though, my life has been enriched by these people and the unique gifts, talents, humor and support each of them brings to the dynamic of what we now call home. I love how they have all adopted my daughter and now instead of having one mama watching out for her, she has multiple (poor kid). This life is made more beautiful by people I now call friends. I didn’t know I needed them and I certainly wasn’t searching for them, but I appreciate them so much. I can confidently say, they are worth putting the bra back on and breaking open a nice bottle to share.
“Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don’t need a lot of money to be happy – in fact, the opposite.”
— Jean Vanier