143 Health Drive
I live in a unique situation. Well, let me rephrase. I live in a unique real world living situation. You’ve actually seen my living arrangement on TV in a sitcom known as, “Friends.” Ever heard of it? This wildly popular show about none other than, friends, actually resembles what I come home to. Now, there have been times in my life when I lived alone, and I liked that. I enjoyed coming home to a house that was as clean as I left it. I appreciated being able to use every closet, every cabinet, and every shelf for all of my items. But today, I was reminded about the great gift–the Unexpected Health–that dwells under one roof, when you live in community.
When I say community, I’m not referring to living in a commune. I actually have NO idea what that would be like. But, I do understand what it feels like to be neighbors with close friends and relatives. At the beginning of the year, one of my closest friends and her fiance (remember the Unexpected Health in circles? That’s them!) moved underneath me and my good friend/roommate (who is also good friends with my downstairs buddy). Anyway, since moving in, we have literally become Friends in form. We borrow eggs, we watch TV together, and we create an all-around family household…even though we do not share the same front door.
I like my privacy, don’t get me wrong. I love to have the house to myself; I enjoy a quiet weekend when my roommate is away. But, living within a community reminds us of the basic need that human’s have; the need to be in communion with others…and providing ourselves with one of the most basic needs is healthy.
You may be wondering what is Unexpectedly healthy about living in community? I guess today’s tidbit is more of a personal health insight than a global ‘aha’. I tend to be private when it comes to sharing my life with others (well, except for this Project, which is public for the world to see!). I do not let just anyone into my world. I may be friendly and outgoing, but when it comes to my personal life, my personal thoughts, I have always been rather excluding of most. But sharing common walls has allowed me to share a greater depth of myself. For me, discovering how healthFUL sharing my life is has been unexpected, to say the least. Although I need time to ‘go within,’ I find it essential to ‘go out;’ to share my world with those around me…to let people in. So the next time you compare your living situation to another (either wishing you had roommates, or your didn’t), remember that time alone is needed…but time in community is vital. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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