The Beauty In Social Media By: Luba Nikolayev
In this day and age, the social norm is to reach out to someone online instead of meeting in person or even chatting over the phone. Screens seem to disconnect us from the beauty that is all around us, leaving people feeling isolated and alone. But what if this is just a perspective that we can reframe and change, creating a new positive relationship with the online world?
For a group of women in Costa Rica, changing our relationship with technology was the only way to accomplish our goals. We wanted to create a supportive network of women who came together to celebrate life and each other. This was no easy task, especially along the Ballena coast where most expats take their personal space and spread out along acres or sometimes hectares worth of land. Furthermore, the bumpy gravel roads can turn the shortest ride into a roller coaster, giving people even more of a reason to stay home. Here, it’s common to spend more time in nature than with friends, and as much as that feeds the soul, the attraction towards human interaction can’t be suppressed for too long. To meet this need, we formed a sisters’ council with the intent of creating intimate connections in our community. We committed to bringing local women together 3 times a year for weekend gatherings filled with love and support.
But how do you organize gatherings when all odds of getting together seem to be stacked against you? Online of course! We stay connected through Skype conference calls, keep organized with google docs, and update our participants through our Facebook group. After the weekend is done, women share memories and photos in our private online community and stay connected until the next gathering!
So far we have shared 3 unforgettable, deeply moving gatherings! During these weekends, women nurture each other with unconditional love. We fully express ourselves through dance, songs, sharing, crying and laughing. Each sister leaves feeling refreshed, honored, and full of new energy to shine her light in our world. Events like these are life changing, and without the tools of today’s social media, our gatherings could not exist. The sisters council is infinitely grateful for all the free and easy-to-use technology that connects us and allows us to live our dreams. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder so let’s change our perspective and see the beauty in everything!