Updated: Jan 10, 2020
Certain people have a profound impact on your life.
As a human, you are naturally a social creature, so in that sense, the need for connection is a fundamental part of who you are.
Sometimes your interaction with your family or neighbours is purely obligatory, a way of maintaining and re-enforcing the social fabric of the community you’re a part of.
Other times, your friends or family offer you a support network, helping you navigate your way through life.
In an age where seeking freedom and independence is 'cool', there is an increased danger of disconnection and personal isolation.
This is not natural.
You were not meant to live alone - nor struggle alone, nor celebrate your successes alone.
It’s not that you need to be dependent on others as such – but I do believe that a sense of 'inter-dependence' is inherently valuable.
That is, two (or more) individuals that work together and collectively support each other - whilst still maintaining a personal sense of independence.
This way you don't work in isolation, but you don't lose your sense of self in the process either.
I believe this is the sweet spot – not dependence, nor independence, but inter-dependence.