Not only was I born here, I grew up, went to college, met my wife, got married, and started a family here. My roots go deep.
Before you begin to think "Of course, he would care, he's never left the state...", I should also mention that as an adult I've also lived for years in other notable places, such as Florida, California, Hong Kong, and in the shadow of the Himalayas in India.
You see, I like to travel...alot.
How much? In a 12 month period, I traveled enough miles to circle the globe at the equator - 3 times. With 44 states and 21 countries under my belt, I've been a few places I could also consider home.
Why so braggadocious? I don't really care if you consider that a lot or little, but what I do care about is Minnesota, and so I needed to lay a backdrop to explain that my interest in Minnesota isn't for lack of options.
You see, as is true in any great love story, love is a choice (this interestingly holds true for poor excuses for love, like The Bachelor, but I digress). The bottomline: I keep coming back to Minnesota because I choose to.
So whether you grew up or moved to Minnesota at some point (or in my case, both, multiple times), you have made a choice to live in Minnesota. And don't give me the excuse that you can't move away due to family, work, etc. Because the truth is you can leave (unless you have a court order), but whether it was intentional like mine, or more implicit, you made a choice to live in Minnesota. And it is your choice which makes all the difference.
So if you and I both chose to live in Minnesota, it stands to reason that what affects Minnesota, also affects us to some degree. How do you figure? Well, let's take a look at your life for a moment: Do you eat? Do you live somewhere? Do you work? Do you like spending time with your family? Or with your worship community? As the world changes, do you plan on continuing your education or educating your children for that matter? Do you want to stay healthy (diet/exercise/air quality/sanity) and find quality health care when you aren't well? Do you enjoy the great outdoors (or even the little outdoor park down the street)? What about the arts? And the elephant in the room: could decisions made in government affect any of the above?
I could keep going, but I hope I've made my point: Whatever is important to you, depends not only on you, but on the choices of many other people, businesses, non-profits, worship communities, health care, educational & government institutions. You could just keep doing what you do, and allow others to make decisions that affect your life, and then complain when things don't end up your way, or you can get involved, and be a part of creating the future you want to enjoy.
Minnesota could use a few more passionate souls who truly care.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
|Jeffrey Miller, Strategist, C3Digital.co
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