The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.
We had some friends over this weekend because they are moving away and we wanted to spend some time with them before they go. It seems this is the way now. We make plans to see the people we care about because they are leaving, though we only see them sporadically when we are here. Granted, I live in Southern California (Los Angeles, to be exact) and this place is a giant, far-reaching city full of neighborhoods that are impossible to navigate given traffic times. You know what they say: funny because its true.
Here is where I find myself: in this day and age of technology and social media and smartphones, how do we define our community? Truth is, I have close friends where our relationship is pretty much online. We talk, we keep in touch, and when we do visit in real life, we don’t waste time “catching up.” We’ve already done that so we just pick up and move forward. In fact, every time I feel like quitting social media, some connection happens that never would have happened otherwise and I find myself scrolling yet again.
Back to my friends that are moving. My husband and I are going to miss them tremendously. Painfully so. Yet we didn’t see each other all that much in real life because of work, kids, family, etc. (That and the fact that we live in separates parts of LA. Seriously, if you know Los Angeles, you feel my pain.) They are our community, even if it means we will have to make do with social media for the upkeep. Interesting times we live in.
So I wonder, how do you all feel about your online communities versus your communities in real life? Where do they intersect? Where do they strengthen each other? I would love to hear about it…