Squad, tribe, crew, gang....

Whatever you want to call it, this term represents a group of people or community who has the same values or interests as you. Tribes can consist of a church community, followers of a musician or an Instagram account, or people who share the same passion in a profession (pharmacy, healthcare, fashion, etc....).

What are the benefits of a Tribe? People want a connection and a common denominator that unifies them. A group of people working towards the same goal gives them that. Studies show that people active in a community live longer and have a better quality of life.

How do you find your Tribe? What do you do when you have free time? What are your hobbies? Who do you share these interests with? Some people are lucky that their profession is also their passion. I know many clinical pharmacists who live and breathe clinical trials and mechanisms of action. For others, they turn to their hobbies for their creativity outlet. Who do you spend time with for fun? We spend a lot of time with people out of obligation or because their family or colleagues, etc..., but who are those people that make you feel like you are at home no matter where you go. Who makes you feel like you can let your guard down and be yourself? That is your real Tribe.

To find people with your shared interests, you can volunteer, be active in your church, participate in your professional organization, start an Instagram account dedicated to your passion, join a fitness group, etc.... Trainers like Tracy Anderson (#tamily) and Kayla Itsines (#bbg) have started whole movements and "tribes" behind their fitness philosophies!

Tribes come in all shapes and sizes. We are fortunate to live in a time where people are rewarded for thinking outside of the box and going against the status quo. Be different than everyone else. And if you are having trouble finding your place or fitting in, keep searching because it is there.

WellnessJoanna Simmon