Be a possibilitarian!
Spring always brings a sense of possibility. A fresh start. A clean slate. A hope for renewal. This issue of WV Living encapsulates all those feelings. When you read about the Possibilitarians in the Spring 2022 issue, you can’t help but feel inspired. Their stories motivated me to dig deeper, dream bigger, and do better—and I hope you have a similar reaction. This article is more than just a story—it is the launch of something I have been working on for a long time. The Possibilitarians is an initiative that celebrates those who are transforming their communities by embracing innovative ideas and channeling their passions into purposeful action. There will be a podcast, a TED Talk–like video component, additional web content, an inspiring event, and much more to follow.
These 11 people are changemakers. They have inspired me with their out-of-the-box big thinking, their commitment to building a better state and region, and their determination and persistence in the face of adversity. You’ll want to book trips to their towns to witness the fruits of their labors firsthand. Every single one of the people we feature has seen possibilities where others have not. They’ve diligently worked to make those possibilities a reality. And we are all better for it.
“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities—always see them, for they’re always there.”
― Norman Vincent Peale
A positive spotlight is being shone on West Virginia in ways that we haven’t seen in decades. For the first time, more people are moving to our state than are leaving. Just look at what is happening in Wheeling: Affordable housing in beautiful historic districts and big-city amenities coupled with small-town charm are attracting young people in droves. Capon Bridge is another spot where young folks are moving into the community and starting new businesses, bringing with them fresh ideas. In Wardensville, students are being given life skills and taught that they don’t need to leave the state to find opportunities. Charleston’s West Side and White Sulphur Springs are experiencing remarkable renaissances. And with the recent New River Gorge National Park designation, Hinton is poised to capitalize on its desirable location as an Amtrak stop at the confluence of the New and the Greenbrier rivers. And that’s just a few of the extraordinary stories we share in this issue. It is an exciting time to live in West Virginia—possibilities abound.
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