I’ll say it again…”I am totally done with this pandemic.” Granted
we (Margaret, my wife, in particular) have ramped “precautionary measures” up a few notches. And, to be perfectly honest, I am damned sick and tired of the routine.
But I also keep reminding myself that this whole exercise isn’t just
about “me” and “my” inconveniences. There are a bazillion people the world over who are much worse off. So…stiff upper lip, Kirk.
I also keep reminding myself that this is an opportunity to step back and recalibrate my activities. I’m still teaching part-time at The University of Tampa and am doing my best to maintain constant and supportive contact with my future-professional friends in the UT Ad Club and UT PRSSA chapters. I’m sort of their faculty adviser and am doing whatever I can to (a) keep them motivated and excited about their chosen career fields and (b) provide them with advice and counsel whenever needed.
But I want to do more. I truly miss my decades-long affiliation with Boston Harborfest, a nonprofit organization created to draw attention to the City’s wonderful history and heritage, Thanks to the efforts of an amazing board of directors of which I was a member for close to 40 years and a motivated, dedicated community of nonprofit institutions located primarily in Boston’s waterfront area, millions of people…local and international…come to Boston annually to experience an incredible week of events showcasing all that Boston has to offer.
I’m here in Tampa now, though, and am still a “newbie.” But things are picking up. I’m mega-involved with PRSA Tampa Bay, PRSA New Professionals and PRSA BEPS activities. And there are a couple of new Tampa-specific activities that have bubbled up in the past month or so that I’m hoping to also lend a hand with.
And that’s what I mean by “a test.” Where can I make a meaningful contribution? Will I feel as fulfilled as I did (still do) with my Harborfest memories? The future is just that…the future.
This, too, is something I try to pass on to my student-friends and others. Yes, you have a “real” job that, hopefully, gives you personal and professional satisfaction. But don’t let that consume your whole life. Find ways in which you can give back to the communities that helped you get where you are today. You’ll find, as I have, that your whole outlook on life improves because you have been able to make a difference.
Life itself is one ginormous test. You just have to “fill in the blanks.” As Nike® says so well, and I repeat so often, “Just do it.”