I had the privilege to grow up in Mission, British Columbia, which is a very small community, or at least it was many years ago.
Now when I look back at growing up in Mission, this was probably the best thing that could have happened for me. Mission prepared me for the World we live in today. Yes, in a small town, everyone knows everyone, and people tend to “talk” way too much about others, but that is a small sacrifice compared to the violence you see in larger cities.
In the 1970’s and 80’s, where I learned the most in this community, was a time where the largest problem in this community was shoplifting, a little bit of drugs (I guess if we had internet and social media then, we probably would have heard more about it), and a couple fights (using fists, not weapons).
I count my blessings every day for having grown up in a small community. I learned compassion, understanding, teamwork, loyalty, and most of all friendship in Mission; I didn’t realize it at the time as a child, but my memories of this time have molded me into who I am today.
It doesn’t matter if you grow up in a small community or a large city; it is what you take with you in your experiences as you grow, is what matters.
There isn’t one community that is perfect; it is learning to look at your surroundings and find the beauty in where you live. Learning to love your neighbor, learning to participate in the community to make it a better place for others, and learn to welcome new people with open arms.
Bring forth the positive; reach out to those who need comfort and support, show them that no matter where you live, it can be a positive place.
With Good Vibes Only!