“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”- Winston Churchill
As I continue on this journey of becoming a better me, I once again stepped outside of my comfort zone. This time, I did it in the form of volunteering. The reason I considered this experience stepping outside my comfort zone is because I am very specific about what I give my time to. I usually spend my time doing things that affect me directly, but when I received an email requesting for volunteers, everything in my body said “yes”. My desire to want to help prevailed and I replied back to the email committing to volunteer for the event.
Even though volunteering usually involves helping a cause, there are a number of personal takeaways from being a volunteer. One takeaway is volunteering provides new experiences. These new experiences could help build new skills. Another takeaway is that it provides a space to meet new people. The new connections made could foster into either personal or professional relationships like partnerships, mentoring, friendships, etc. However, the best takeaway could be the feeling of accomplishment.
The event I volunteered at was stellar. Rah Digga, Hip Hop Legend compelled the audience with her experiences and poise. I enjoyed the event so much, I forgot I was volunteering. Volunteering is essential because it provides an opportunity to be selfless, but the secret is that being selfless brings one of the best feelings. I encourage everyone to dedicate some time every once in a while to working for free (I know I will). Although you don’t get paid for volunteering, the experiences are worth more than currency.
What type of volunteering are you currently doing?