The opportunity for something amazing in Scranton is present and huge. Growing up a Hoosier from Terre Haute, Indiana, I see how much a small town that no one has ever heard of, can accomplish. My hometown is flourishing with new businesses, new restaurants, new people, new things to do, etc. Terre Haute is far from perfect, but one positive thing the city has going for them, is the people. MOST of the people strive to keep the area clean, new, and flourishing. People in the city are generally polite and friendly towards others, as well.

Scranton has several road-blocks preventing the town from flourishing, but today, I only wish to speak on one IMPORTANT road-block. The Scranton people and their lack of urgency to repair the disastrous state of their town. When encountering the general Scranton population, you can see the lack of urgency to do anything of value within their own lives, so repairing the city isn’t even mildly concerning to the people.

No ambitions, No problem

Before I continue, I want to make it clear that my goal is to help the city of Scranton to be better. My hope with this post is that people will be motivated to do more and be more, so they can help the efforts of the “save scranton” project. I also understand there are some people in this area who are thriving or working very hard to be more and do more. This is my opinion based on my 6 years in the area.

A common theme for the people of Scranton is to linger. There’s no real plan, just lingering around in life with no real ambition. I learned this quickly from my school graduation ceremony. Questions swirled around the entire room from a variety of different people asking, “what is the plan for the rest of your life?”. Out of 20 people, 3 of us gave a true ambition/goal. There were no plans to create something, build something, write something, travel somewhere, have a particular occupation, etc. No one other than myself and two others, mentioned a dream, even if it was a wild one.

To you, north eastern Pennsylvania linger-er, I ask you, what is the point of waking up in the morning?

Whoa, that’s not what I meant!

When I ask this question, I am in NO WAY saying you don’t have a purpose on earth. What I am saying is, what strives you to open your eyes in the morning? If you have no goal in life, no dream, and no ambition, then what is the purpose of life? I can understand the 20-something out there that is trying to find their place in the world. However, I can’t understand the person who lingers with nothing to look forward to. We live in a cold, sad world, full of cold, sad people. What is there to look forward to if you’re not living your life? I see so many scranton-folk around me that are completely bored and routine in life, and they’re okay with it!

Stop being content with nothing. Evaluate your life. Crack the code to your life and find yourself. Immerse yourself in something that will better you and your community. Be more and you can create more!


Renee Pair

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