As we increasingly live our lives through a virtual sphere, the notion of “community” has shifted. Are you closer to your neighbors, or to people on Facebook?
Do you interact more with family, or with an online community of people with shared interests?
Virtual relationships aren’t inherently lacking. In fact, the Internet in general—and social media in particular—have enabled people to reconnect or establish connections with people who would otherwise be too far away. And there’s something for everyone. Fascinated with 17th century Belgian poets? There’s a group for that online, surely.
The problem, however, comes when the internet offers your primary—or only—community.
What other communities do you have?
How about people in your neighborhood?
Do you have a neighbor whom you’d trust to watch your house?
How about one whom you’d trust to watch your children?
Do you meet up regularly with a book group? People from work? Other parents at your kids’ school? People from your institution of faith?
Study after study confirms the importance of real, face-to-face, in-person interaction and community support. But what if you don’t have a strong community? Perhaps you’re retired or your co-workers or neighbors are private (or unpleasant). Perhaps your family lives far away.
If you don’t have a built-in community around you now, it’s never too late to find one. And community comes in many variations. We’ve made a conscious effort to cultivate community at Commonwealth Properties. We set the stage, but the people who enjoy our properties are the ones who bring community to life. With happy hours, member nights, clubs, classes, and space for grand parties and intimate gatherings, your new community is waiting.