[think kit. day six.]
INDIANAPOLIS —I have been here for 1 year and 7 months, which is the longest I have continuously lived in one place since 2008. Having previously moved around so much, this year was the first time I really felt invested in a community.
You might say I got community crazy — I started volunteering with Gleaners Food Bank, Indy Reads and the American Diabetes Association, and I’m really happy about all those choices.
But I also changed jobs while managing those extra responsibilities, adopted a dog, trained for races and tried to be a decent friend and family member. It wasn’t the most enjoyable combination of time commitments, and I think it kept me from wanting to venture out and casually engaging with the people around me.
Or, in Matt’s words, “We should be more social.”
So that’s what the next year will be about: becoming a part of the community I enjoy serving. That means keeping my other time commitments in check — something I’ve never done well — but I’m feeling good about it. If the month since I’ve joined the Speak Easy is any indication, Indianapolis is going to feel a lot more like home in the coming year.
OK yeah I don’t have a lot to say here, mostly because I had this conversation with Tom Hanley yesterday. Read.
This marks the completion of my first Think Kit post written before midnight. I shall now celebrate excessively. Cheers.
[Think Kit Dec. 6 prompt: How do you want to get involved in your community this coming year? Is there an organization that you’re finally going to join? A neighbor who could use a hand? Or do you have a great idea that just needs a little momentum? Share how you’d like to get involved in your community during 2014.]