One of these days I'm going to devote an entire blog post to the rules of living in a small town. Not rules in the sense of conforming to a standard of behavior, but rules to make living there fun and contribute to the sense of community.
However, because I'm pressed for time, I'm simply going to tell you to go and do! Small towns are all alike, whether in the outback of Nebraska, back east, out west, up north or down south. There's lots of great people and lots of great stuff to do. WAAAAY too much stuff! As I think about it, this rule applies no matter what the size of community.
Don't let the abundance of choices stop you from going and doing! Tonight I could be going to the circus or a little league baseball game. In the coming days I will have more opportunities to see great live entertainment than I could possibly take in. There are meetings I could attend and make a difference. Fundraisers I could take part in. Fishing, boating, tubing, tanking. Watching, talking, listening.
There are community celebrations, community potlucks, auctions (quite a social event in the outback), lectures, gatherings large and small, and coming up soon are the Miss Nebraska Pageant, the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant, NEBRASKAland DAYS, and Sutherland's 4th of July celebration to name only a few.
I would be willing to bet that the list is just as long in your neck of the woods.
So go and do! Get out and get to know your neighbors, make a difference in your community. Have fun, be entertained. Oh, and stop by for coffee!