When I look back at the 4 ½ years of giving my time to the community, I’m amazed that I thought I was only going to volunteer for a month. I didn’t know what I was going to experience as a volunteer, and my mindset certainly wasn’t expressing positivity.
I originally thought by giving a month to the community, my career would open up, opportunities would appear and I’d look back at volunteering as a good deed.
What I didn’t expect was for my entire outlook to change. When people want to hear my story, I share how I’m not yet finished, and have plenty more ideas to impact the UK and the world.
Volunteering opened my eyes about the need for help in communities across the country and I couldn’t walk away. By seeing the smiles on faces, it made me feel good. It made me understand my purpose in life.
My purpose is to serve others and use my past to influence the future.
Considering I never expected to last longer than a month, the question, ‘Where can volunteering take you?’ is only answered by your actions.
I didn’t end my journey after a month, as I wanted to do more. I wanted to learn more about myself. I wanted to see more people positively impacted by the time I gave. I wanted to see what my life would be like as a dedicated volunteer.
Hearing about other people’s journey is great and how they’re now in their dream job because of it, and yet here I am…
The knowledge I’ve gained, the skills developed from the experiences I’ve lived, and the things I’ve seen is unique to me. Each volunteer’s journey is different, as we’re all different.
Some of us will volunteer for a month and that’s it. Some of us will volunteer for 4 ½ years and that’s great. Some of us will dedicate our lives to helping others and I’m of these people.
I want to look back at my life, knowing I done as much as I could for others. I want to know that my story has empowered others to start their story and for their story to empower someone else’s story to begin.
Knowing my plans to travel, to experience the feeling of extreme fundraising challenges and to turn my attention on saying thanks to those who’ve changed my life, John’s Road to Volunteering is only a part of the representation of my life.
Here’s to the next chapter of my life and my road to….