The language of togethering

There was a song I learned when I was little. It goes,  "don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend and together we will walk.... " Full disclosure, the conclusion of this song, ' in the way of god,'  and yes, this is a challenge for the secular essence I inhabit but still, as I push through this reality, such as it is, I am drawn back to that sentiment. I seem to continually be asked to justify my path and work by  "followers" and  "likes."  and in the metrics of the day lies the feeling that something is off. A little too easy. That we have lost the influence and importance of Paolo Freire's Pegagogy of the Oppressed are are just looking for people to lead us shamelessly. For example - i'm a terrible person to follow.  Sometimes I know what I am talking about and sometimes I am just talking. So too the people that inspire me. Sometimes what they say or do hits a cord, sometimes the strike offends, most of the time it's just nothing. Is there a way we can think of walking together? Of leading and learning and being differently? Is there some kind of friendliness and liking and collaboration that admits it isn't a quantifiable number?