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It’s time to get outside your comfort zone

Casey Thomas | 5/27/2013, 5:28 p.m.
Casey Thomas

As my youngest son finished up his soccer season this weekend, I decided that I would take my boys to experience something that I had never experienced myself. It’s not that I wasn’t exposed to different things growing up, but kids today have opportunities that I would have never dreamed of.

On Saturday, at Riverfront Boulevard and Commerce Street, there was an event for the whole family. It was the 3rd annual Trinity Wind Festival. With such a beautiful day, and a good gust of wind, it was perfect for such an occasion. Not only was there plenty of kite-flying, there were jump houses, face painting, clowns making designs out of balloons, and vendors selling food and other items. There were also live bands that played and a DJ spinning records between performances.

While there were people of all nationalities, the amount of African Americans who were out there was small in number. There was not a sign in front of the festival that said “Blacks not invited or welcome.” However, we have a tendency to stay away from things that are outside of our comfort zone.

I am not one who grew up on flying kites or was taught the importance of conservation. I didn’t get a chance to go to wind festivals when I was coming up. However, by not only going to this event, but taking my children, it allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and enjoy one of the great events that the City of Dallas has to offer. Don’t you think it’s time that we all stepped outside of ours?