One might think we’d eventually run out of extraordinary people to feature, however, with the influx of people moving to Lake and Sumter counties, that’s just not possible.
Extraordinary people are never difficult to find in a place with a diverse and exceptional population. What’s amazing is we don’t have to search. We often meet special individuals at events and community affairs.
I think there are certain characteristics that make people extraordinary. They love life, aren’t afraid to be wrong or fail, push their limits, are self-confident, understand and embrace their purpose in life, and are considerate of others. Perhaps their most important trait is their positive energy that makes everyone want to be around them.
Among this year’s ensemble of extraordinary people are a 17-year-old filmmaker, a chiropractor who bravely battles brain cancer, a mother and son who coach a basketball team, and a former martial artist who mentors at-risk children.
Speaking of extraordinary, one of the most extraordinary events in my life occurred eight years ago when I adopted my son Conner. I’ve had the joy of watching him learn to eat, sit up, crawl, walk, and talk. As time went on, I began to see his personality develop.
Are you thinking of adopting? Then I urge you to read this month’s feature story on adoption. As of 2021, there were 9,046 children in Florida waiting to be adopted according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Just think of all the advantages you can provide an adoptive child — a stable home environment, better educational opportunities, and a loving environment that will helping him or her grow into a well-rounded, healthy adult.
You, too, can experience the joy and blessing of adding a child to your family. I promise there will be more smiles and tears of happiness than you can imagine after you welcome an adoptive child into your family.
I would like to conclude this letter by wishing each of you a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time among family and friends. God bless and I’ll see you next month.