July 27, 2018 - 12:35pm -- staubach.9

 

What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? I’m motivated by the pursuit of spreading peace and compassion. I didn’t realize this until I was in college and one of my professors started talking about being a reflective practitioner.

I spent a lot of time reflecting on my own interests, desires and actions. That’s when I realized that I had this intrinsic need to see my efforts as improving the condition of all humanity.  

I blame my college professors on providing me with this life altering epiphany. It is their fault that I found myself suddenly questioning my actions and sorting through my relationships.

There is a strange power in understanding your personal mission. No longer do you question your existence on the earth. However, you are met with a new slew of questions about how to be the best version of yourself that you can.

I cannot express how important it is to look inside yourself and understand your motivations. One of the hallmarks of the 4-H program is self-discovery. While I did not grow up in 4-H, I have heard from countless friends and acquaintances that they found themselves through the transformative programming provided by 4-H.

I have friends who look back so fondly on their 4-H experiences that their memories monopolize conversations, dictate their current actions and provide them with drive to succeed in their current careers.

That’s what I want for 4-H in Hamilton County. I want to see our youth discovering, understanding and pushing themselves to become better than we ever though they could be.

I want to see youth surpassing every expectation that adults have for them. I want to see our youth improving their communities, friend groups and families.

Hamilton County 4-H is about so much more than camp or the fair, those are just activities, it’s about the daily drive to self-explore, self-discover and self-direct. It’s about giving youth the power of agency and the opportunity to write out their own life narrative.

If you want in on this exciting program visit Hamilton.osu.edu and sign up for a 4-H club or consider attending our 4-H Fun Run on October 7th