The concept of community today can have several meanings. A quick Google search gives two definitions of the word “community”:
1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
We hear this word a LOT. In many places there are community centers, community meetings, a community pantries, community agencies, community spaces, and community resources. These are all good things, but while we may have community structures, do we really experience TRUE community?
Hobbies and interests are one great way to find a community. What I love about our hobby shop is that we sell hobbies that in many ways are SOCIAL activities! Here are some examples.
· Grandparents can build plastic models with grandkids;
· Parents and children can race r/c cars together;
· Siblings can go outside and fly r/c airplanes together;
· Grandparents can build a train layout with kids and grandkids;
· Friends can fly quadcopters and talk about life;
· You can join an r/c flying club or railroading club and meet new friends who have the same interests you do.
There is something so rewarding about being around people who share the same interests we do.
I am very much an introvert, so I choose to spend a LITTLE alone time each day simply for my sanity. But I can’t spend too much time alone or I will go nuts! (Although I know other introverts who do better being alone for long periods of time than I do.) For my naturally shy self, sometimes stepping out of my comfort zone to meet new people is SUPER scary, but nearly every time it has been rewarding.
This past summer I decided to attend a spring women’s Bible study at our church. I didn’t really know anyone at the time, and I was REALLY nervous the first night I went. But the ladies welcomed me, and as a result I made several new friendships because of that six-week event. It was scary, but I took a first step and experienced true community.
I cherish the times that someone comes into our hobby shop looking for a NEW interest, and we are able to help them find community with other people who like the same hobbies they do. I encourage you if you come into our hobby shop and are looking for community, let us know how we can help you.
If you have an interest in flying r/c airplanes, there are several nearby flying clubs that would love to welcome you into their group! If you like trains, we have several local people who also love trains. If you like racing r/c cars and trucks, we have an indoor track where we race Mondays and Thursday nights during the months between October and June. They have great comeraderie and a great time, and we would love for you to join us. (If you don't live nearby, we hope you have a community or can go to your local hobby shop to find a new interest and maybe make some new friends!)
Let us help you find and celebrate your community!
Thanks for stopping by! I'm a student turned teacher turned writer turned part-time tutor, postcard hobbyist, and landscape photograph enthusiast. I have zero formal training in photography, but I love the art of visual documentation. I lived the first 30 years of my life in Oklahoma until I made a major life change (long story and I'd love to tell it sometime!), met my husband, moved to Marshall, and became a bonafide Missourian. My husband Derick owns our hobby shop, and we have a 2-year old son Rafe who loves just about everything these days (except spinach). If you ever see me around town with a camera pointed at a sunset, please say hi. I'd love to be friends. :)