‘Nothing to do’ depends on perspective

Robert Arrowsmith

Robert Arrowsmith

By Robert Arrowsmith

CMI Publisher

I hear it often. I hear it from multiple age groups, in several of our communities. I’m told kids cannot wait to get out of town because of it.

Supposedly there is nothing to do here.

Every time I hear it, my question in response is: What do you wish was here?

My question in general is, do we do a good enough job communicating what we have to offer here?

I can see wanting more events to happen around here. I have some ideas on that. But from an activity standpoint, there seems to be quite a bit to do.
Is there enough for kids to do? Some have told me there is nothing here for them.

This has been something I have been struggling with lately. I have started out with a number of organizations that do some good things for the community. The intentions are sincere.

But so far I have had a hard time getting down to the root of what I want to contribute to the community. Part of it is my own struggles with what I need to do to get to how I can play a role in getting things accomplished.

The reality is I want a community that knows that it has things to do. I want to change perceptions within our own area. I want to work on ideas that will encourage new business, and new dollars to our area. But what I want is for the betterment of the entire community.

You can promote all the new ideas you want to come to an area but if there are no dollars to spend it becomes rather fruitless. And none of this matters if in the end there is no water.

That has been the hard part … completely understanding all the long-term needs and wants of what in reality is an extremely wide ranging economic and social community. When 700 kids go without food on a regular basis, the desires for something to do of that sector of community are going to be completely different from the military personnel at Cannon Air Force Base and those are going to be completely different from the better off in our community.

In the meantime, I know there are things to do here. Paintball, motor sports, softball, golf — both regular and putt putt— water sports and activities, batting cages, bowling, concerts, movies, shopping, dining, cycling, camping, rodeo, fairs, music, just to name a few.

Are there more opportunities potentially out there? Of course there are.

So the fun part continues … how to connect this in a positive way.

Robert Arrowsmith is publisher of Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at: rarrowsmith@cnjonline.com

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