Seeing the Key Club in the paper was heart warming. Sports teams at the high school receive recognition for playing well, and our club played well.
Last month, I attended our convention and entered the Oratorical contest, which I brought home second place for. The topic was "What makes Key Club strong?" It was hard; I put it off until the night before I was supposed to give it.
Most people do not associate strength with giving back to your community or helping others in need or saving the lives of people you have never even met or quite possibly have yet to be born, which is the focus of Project Eliminate, an effort to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus that Key Club is heavily involved in.
That's what strength is, though: Being in a place where you can help others succeed, too. To put it simply: Strength is helping others.
That didn't click for me until the first day of convention, when, with 400 of my peers, I watched our guest, Judson Laipply, of the "Evolution of Dance" YouTube phenomenon. I witnessed him test limits of trust of four random strangers, and then it clicked.
Everyone there was strong. We make Key Club strong. We gave each other and everyone we touched the strength they needed to get through every day, to know that they are never alone and that we are here. Strength is dedicating your life to service.
Had it not been for the strength of my club, I would not have been able to deliver a speech to a room full of strangers. I would not be writing this while gleaming at my trophy, and I would not be determined to bring home first place next year. Not just athletes are strong, and our Key Club proves that.