One of the earliest outcomes in getting involved at the local level is building a greater connection to my community. Every week, I’m meeting new people and making connections I never thought I would have. I didn’t realize how much I would love it.
Every time I go to an event or volunteer, I meet at least one more person who is actively engaging like I am. I’m not alone in my efforts, and it is so inspiring and comforting to have that realization. I am not alone. We are not alone.
Yes, putting yourself out there, sharing your voice, is intimidating. I’ve already had some experiences that left me uncomfortable and hesitant to continue, but putting those experiences aside, I’ve been empowered to keep moving forward. I have a greater sense of purpose after meeting others with similar mindsets, and I have more confidence in the actions I’m taking.
I challenge you to go to an event, a rally, a meeting and if nothing else, feel the energy of the people there. Let it inspire you. Let it empower you. Let it increase your connection to your community. You’ll be surprised at how rewarding it can be. I am.