One of the things we can learn from our time in sports and extra curriculars, is the value of being involved and the perks and life lessons that come with it.

One of the things we can learn from our time in sports and extra curriculars, is the value of being involved and the perks and life lessons that come with it.

Recently I added a new role to my list of things I’m involved in. The local Legion post asked if I would be a part of their organization and help them out. I said yes, and it got me thinking. How many of us are actively involved in the things going on in our community?

We all want a good high school experience and environment, but did we contribute to that environment? We all want to live in a nice town or city but are we expecting it to just be that way? Shouldn’t we be a part of making that happen?

The benefit of being on a sports team or a math club or an organization of any kind is we learn the value of contribution. By our presence, we add something to the organizations we are a part of.

What makes a school sport program or a community unique are the people, the style or flavor if you will.

And there is something in it for you. You get to gain a new skill or discover one you had all along, but never utilized. Both schools, when you look at their teams, are different and give off a different energy because of the individuals there.

But when you take on something, you get to be a part of making your home that much better.

On the flip side of that, if you don’t like your high school experience or you don’t like things about the town you live in, and you don’t do anything to add to it, you really have no room to complain, in my humble opinion. You’re living in a world made by the other people, and while you are welcomed to be there, you’re not adding to it, so when you complain you’re just complaining, you’re not adding to the solution.

It’s easier to criticize from the sidelines of life, but you never truly see the change you want, and in the end you allow yourself to get bitter. Let’s try to not let ourselves do that. We each have much to give and it’s a shame to waste those gifts being silently disappointed.

That being said, there are all kinds of things coming up in town. The Chamber puts on luncheons for businesses, the schools put on fundraisers and other events, some businesses will have Halloween events. Let’s get involved! Or at the very least, let’s participate and make Sleepy Eye more of the great town it has been. As an import, I’m excited to contribute in more ways to the community that welcomed me and made me one of their own.