I am hoping for some responses for things that others do to stay motivated in being a part of trying to improve their neighborhoods. I have been organizing a monthly cleanup in Edgewood for almost two years now, started the Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center, started a community garden for Edgewood at the rec center, trying to get us an outdoor movie night at the rec, and numerous other projects including the Tuesday walk/run/bike group for Edgewood and this blog.
Maybe I'm burned out or just fustrated by the things that still go on in this neighborhood that I see everyday as I walk my dogs. Trash is still thrown everywhere, kids throw rocks at each other/other people/houses/cars, anything new is not appreciated/destroyed - I could go on and on. I guess my big question to myself lately is why should I keep picking up the trash - I don't litter. Why should I spend so much time trying to get Edgewood new projects and services if I will have to maintain them as well - why can't I just wait for someone else to do the work? I have many great neighbors who do just that wait for things to get better instead of help them along. Am I really making any difference? Are there any others in the community that feel the same way?