My mom used to tell me a story about a professor she had in college. He told his class that it was proven that college students only retain about 80% of the material taught in his class, so he said, I will be teaching 120% of the material so that you get 100% of what you really need!
This is the idea behind your “tribe”
A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, to a leader, and to an idea in which they have faith. In other words, a following of people that believe the way you do, or at least understand you as a person and could explain how you feel in your absence.
I personally loved the Ted Talk about Tribes and the “Finding your Tribe may be the hardest thing to do” article.
I agree, finding a TRUE group that understands you as a person is very difficult. I know only a select few that could truly say who I am as a person. I believe I am still forming a tribe that know me for the person that I am. I attribute this to the fact that I am still growing as a person. I have moved around a lot as an adult and tend to grow apart from people, never in a hated manner, but simply due to changing my thinking or way of life!
My NLS is a Google Plus group made for others in my field, and specifically aimed to 4th grade teachers looking for support. I believe this Google Plus is a great way to start a following and create a tribe. If you meet in a place that is centered around everything you agree on, it is a good start in understanding who each person is- you have found a common ground.
I do believe it is difficult to find your tribe, but if you put yourself out there, you may be surprised!