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FFA Corner: Learn to appreciate the little things in life.

March 1, 2024

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Conner Keeslar, from LaGrange, Ind., Indiana FFA northern region vice president
UPBEAT: Conner Keeslar, from LaGrange, Ind., and Prairie Heights High School, has appreciated the “little moments” while serving as Indiana FFA northern region vice president. Tom J. Bechman

by Conner Keeslar

The beginning of the school year may be a drag for some students. Yet when summer starts, they are on top of the world. We all go through these seasons of life. It’s important to live in the moment and never take life for granted.

With my term as an Indiana FFA state officer closing soon, I reflect on a few different seasons I’ve experienced this year. Of course, immediately after getting elected, the entire team felt on top of the world. That was a short-lived feeling.

After a few weeks, we headed to the Indiana State Fair. For me, the state fair setup was a blast. It allowed me to use my hands to build, fix and design all sorts of things. While this was a high, I dreaded the weeks ahead. I would sit around making sure kids weren’t breaking things.

As it turns out, other FFA members helped. Of course, many of us answered the most-asked question: “Where are the bathrooms?”

While I may not have looked forward to every single day at the state fair, I still remember and cherish small moments. I laugh recalling late-night conversations when the team was just a little sleep deprived. Or when we watered plants early in the morning, and it seemed impossible to keep ourselves dry. Those moments, at the time, may have not seemed like much. But I reminisce about them most.

More ‘seasons’

After the fair, we went on chapter visits. These gave us the opportunity to not only interact with members, but also tour Indiana and see numerous schools and ag programs. We always made it a mission goal to have fun and make it a memorable experience.

From the outside looking in, those visits may seem like some of the best days ever. When you’re standing in front of a class and forget what to say, or get lost and must call your host after you just told them you could find it, it can be overwhelming.

While we go through life, we will have high and low seasons. There are moments within those seasons where we may laugh and feel rejuvenated. Or maybe we’re on cloud nine until we realize we forgot something.

While no day can be perfectly good, no day can be perfectly bad. Find the little things to cheer you up. Remember the good and bad seasons. It’s those memories that make you who you are.

Keeslar writes from Trafalgar, Ind.

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