A good friend of mine refers to her creative friends as her bohemian tribe. I truly love that expression. A reference to people just like you. Friends you don’t have to explain yourself to and you can be open and frank with. Friends who don’t judge you and love you for just the way you are. Everybody needs a bohemian tribe. I think a lot of people have their own tribe. The fishing buddies, the people you play golf with. Beside family and friend and even co-workers it is nice to hang with people who have the same hobbies or interests. Someone you can exchange ideas with and learn from.
Artists, writers, poets and musicians go though periods of isolation, its something they need to do in order to create. It comes with the territory. However, as a creative spirit myself, you do have to be careful not to get too isolated and drawn into solitude. Stick your head outside every now and then and knock on a friends door. Ask their opinion on your work, ask them if they like your writing or critic your painting. Having a discussion about what you love to do only helps you grow and improve your skills. Nobody likes to hear criticism but if it comes from one of your tribe members who understands your process it is a lot easier to take.
Family are the people you get when you are born, friends are people you choose. With me friends have come and gone. I have even burned a few bridges in the past because I had outgrown a friendship or relationship and wanted to move forward. Some peoples tribe stay the same, some others grow over the years, sometimes you skip over to a completely new tribe. But it doesn’t matter if you have been friends since childhood or only met a few years ago, friends are important. If you have friends with the same quirkiness as you, you know you will have a great time together.
“What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50 million years. It’s about leading and connecting people and ideas. And it’s something that people have wanted forever.”