This past week has been rough, to say the least. For those of you who know me in real life, you know I'm a very independent person. I love collaborating with people, but I'm not good at depending on other people. Last Saturday, I turned my ankle at the very top of a 1400ft elevation gain hike to a beautiful lake that feeds the currently roaring Horsetail Falls. We tried to keep going but I was unable to after a few minutes, since the "trail" went down a large boulder field and there was no flat path to follow.
One good friend and 2 acquaintances dropped everything, grabbed supplies, hiked to the top of the trail to meet us, and helped guide us down. I felt incredibly guilty at first, feeling responsible for ruining a beautiful day for 3 people and asking them to help us down the mountain. But as the trip out continued (3 miles took 5.5 hours 🙃) and spirits stayed high, I let myself settle into gratefulness. One had brought food, water, medicine, and wraps for my ankle. One knew the best possible route down for us given my injury. And one had an extra jacket and gloves for me to wear as I lowered myself over and around boulders.
This past week has taught me a lot about real-life community. It's been a difficult and draining week, having to lean on others for so much, but I'm incredibly grateful for the relationships we've built, the partner I have, and the people in this community.
I don't take it for granted -- this is not the type of neighborhood community I've been accustomed to over the past many years. It's been a lot of hard work and effort mixed with some good fortune and luck along the way that has brought us here. But it's made me remember that it's worth the effort, whether we're struggling to build an online community, a product-based community, or a physical group of people around us.
Keep going, folks. It's worth it. ❤️