I live in a little town connected to Orlando called Oviedo and I love it. It’s definitely not the trendiest part of the city – not even close. But I think that’s why I love it so much. It has potential.

To outsiders, Oviedo is boring and suburban and overrun with soccer moms and college students. Most of the downtown slash not-east-side population doesn’t quite understand why anyone under the age of 35 would choose to live over here. And that’s okay. On the surface, Oviedo is pretty typical. It doesn’t have cool coffee shops or farm-to-table restaurants. There is no night-life to speak of and most of our neighbors are families with kids. Again, I think that’s why I love it.

Oviedo is a plain white wall, waiting for someone to come paint a big colorful mural on it. I want to contribute to that masterpiece. I want the labor of my hands to help this city come alive.

Creating culture takes patience and sacrifice. We must be willing to plant roots and push through the obstacles in order to see change.

Yes, Oviedo isn’t the coolest kid on the block, but I’m willing to deal with that in order to invest in what this place is becoming. I want to be a part of building something that changes the face of this city for the better.

Where are you planting roots in your life? What are you willing to sacrifice in order to invest for the long haul?


Originally posted on www.JordanStroman.com