Just Have Fun!

I love doing volunteering work.  The first time I went I felt terribly selfish, here I was in the world thinking my problems was the biggest of all in the world.  I complaint a lot and I didn’t see the positive in anything.  I was one of those ‘the glass is half empty’ people.   I went with the thought of helping the children and the people in need, but to be honest they helped me a lot more than I ever could have helped them.  It’s been 2 years since I’ve started doing volunteering work and I’ve learned a lot by just seeing the children smiling and laughing at the smallest things.  They really appreciate every single thing.  It is like Christmas every time I spend a day with them.  I like the feeling of giving something back.  I have experienced so much personal growth in the last couple of years.  I have not only grown as a person but my understanding and empathy towards others has changed a lot.  I feel so much better about myself and I truly feel worth something.  I’ve learned a lot and I am still learning every day.  There is this one little girl that I mentored and she really stole my heart.  I was incredibly sad the day when she was adopted; it was like losing my baby girl.  But at the same time I realized how much better off she is going to be.  Although she was just 5, she was like a small adult with so much compassion and love.  I learned a lot from her, I learned how to appreciate the small things in life.  I learned how to just ‘let go’, run barefoot in the rain and eat ice-cream with your face covered in it.  I will never forget her and I will always treasure the biggest life lesson I learned from a 5 year old and that is: “Just have fun!” 

"Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect: just be an excellent example of being human."

imamhere imamhere
18-21, F
1 Response May 29, 2011

Truly inspiring, I think I must start doing volunteering work. Perhaps I will become a better person too. Great story!