Yesterday, we took a hard first step and admitted that we've got a problem. Today, we're going to bask in the glory of our many strengths.
The reality is that Escondido is a GREAT place. Stop and think for a minute about just a few of the characteristics we possess, and the tremendous assets we have within, and immediately adjacent to, our city limits:
- A real downtown, and an interesting and storied history (123 years and counting)
- The perfect blend of small town charm with big city amenities and proximity
- The beautiful city hall / Center for the Arts complex
- Palomar Hospital, and the new Palomar West coming soon
- Numerous parks
- Excellent outdoor activities made possible by unique destinations like Daley Ranch and Dixon Lake
- Popular locally-owned destination restaurants like Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, and Hacienda de Vega
- Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos
- The Wild Animal Park (sorry, I just can't get used to the new name...)
And the most important asset of all, one that deserves more than just a simple bullet like the others above: we've got heart and soul. We weren't built yesterday, and we aren't merely a suburb like most of our North County neighbors. About 150,000 people call this city their home, many of whom have roots in this community that go back multiple generations. Many, many people work their tails off for Escondido, day in and day out, by teaching and mentoring our youth, by volunteering for their favorite cause or charity, and by running locally-owned businesses that are uniquely Escondido.
I could list plenty more positives, but you get the picture...
The worst thing about the Escondido Inferiority Complex is that we fail to see our best qualities, and we fail to realize just how good we have it here. We possess assets that other cities can only dream about.
Clearly, it's time for a new approach. Instead of constantly trash-talking the very city we live in, let’s instead boast to anyone and everyone about how great Escondido is. Let’s begin to truly appreciate our many strengths and use them as a platform from which we can build an even better Escondido.
The Pep Talk continues with a look at our community's peculiar obsession with San Marcos...
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