There are so many specialist interest groups in radio which focus on just one aspect of the hobby, be it CW, 50MHz, QRP, repeaters - you name it, you'll find one. In many ways this is marvellous and you feel that there's going to be a real depth of knowledge when you join these organisations and indeed there usually is.
Sometimes, though, I find the inward-facing nature of these organisations frustrating. Take for example, a CW club, which I won't name, that I currently belong to. With Morse changing (decreasing) in importance in the amateur radio world you'd think that the club would be focussed on how to get new amateurs using Morse and encouraging existing amateurs to keep using Morse - and to use it better. You would, wouldn't you? Instead, a lengthy discussion on their internet reflector this week has centred on 'The Meaning of 'R' (on CW)'. Next year, they're planning something exciting. No, not awards and encouragement for people who are interested in Morse, but, a new Constitution. Yes, I know.
Now, perhaps I'm being a bit unfair to this organisation by singling their issues out. I've been a member of other radio 'special interest groups' and this inward view is not uncommon.
Even National Radio Societies seem to have problems concentrating on the bigger picture of activity and maintaining interest, rather than a short-term view of getting people into the hobby.
Please - do enjoy your specialisms within the hobby, but remember that your part of the hobby is part of the wider one too. Think about how it can play it's part in making our hobby of Amateur Radio a vibrant one for the future and then act on it.
Look outward and not inward. Look the wrong way and you won't see the future looming..