While I agree that we all need a third space in our lives, finding them in our community is becoming difficult. The third space is a concept thought up by Ray Bradbury. We have work, we have home; we need a third place. We need community. I travel to coffee shops, around Georgia, which are the epitome of the third space. I have been involved in teaching at them, showing work at them, seeing concerts in them, eating and chatting in them, they are the perfect third place. With our world on constant overload and instant gratification, we are swallowed up by the rush of it all. The third space gives us a place to share as a community. We need a place to spend time and just be. We need to be with ourselves and just slow down, but we also need a community of like-minded people. People gathering to stop the fast pace of life and enjoying some tea, coffee or just reading a book. I have met so many great people at coffee houses. I have talked with the owners, managers, employees, but I have also met people who offer to split a piece of chocolate cake with me, or who offer to buy my coffee. A community is defined as, “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common”. We might all have come to the third place for different reasons, but no matter the reason, being in a community fills our souls with joy.
About Debbie Ealer
Debbie Ealer is a long time seeker of light and artist of words. She enjoys capturing life in small doses with her camera. When she isn't shooting you will find her writing short stories. She enjoys telling life's story through her lens and pen. She is an all around artist who loves the light and seeks it, loves to write and uses both mediums to share her story.