When I became a season ticket holder for Real Salt Lake in 2010, I went from fan to fam. I felt like I became a part of the team in some weird way, part of the culture. I went from a causal observing sports fan to suddenly having a vested interest in the club. I didn't expect it at all. Now, at the beginning of each season I greet the other long time season ticket holders that sit around me, catch up with them, celebrate being back. It really is like seeing family again!
I was golfing at Timponogos Golf Club a couple of weeks ago talking to a couple of guys I was paired with about this concept. One of them grew up in Springville but has a business in Provo and moved here a while back. He agreed that he needed to invest in Provo now that he has a house and business here. This was a concept that rang true to him.
I feel like this principle needs to be applied in our city. We may not all be able to own a house or a car or a business within Provo but we can still invest in Provo. We can take ownership of where we choose to call Home.
I think this will be a transformative process for Provo. No matter what we choose to invest in, whether it be a favorite restaurant, getting to know your neighbors better, a flower shop, music venue, a specific park you like to visit, a bike route, we can take ownership of those things and care for and about them in a way we didn't before.
If we all find a piece of Provo that we can make our own and care for it in a way we haven't in the past, you will see Provo change. When you pick up some trash on the river trail, lend a helping hand, stow a random grocery cart in the parking lot, hold a door open, treat a stranger with dignity and kindness, Provo truly will be a place where we can say, Welcome Home, and it will feel that way.
This is something that I am going to try to do and improve upon whether I am elected or not. It needs to happen. I hope to lead by example. I will be vocal, I will advocate for taking ownership in our city in a way that hasn't been done before. We all need to feel at home here. I pledge to work for all of Provo. If you have an idea on how to make Provo a better place to live, I want to hear about it. I promise to be available.
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