When we hear this word, it usually sparks the idea of volunteering to help young kids who need it. Whether it is emotional, spiritual, physical, or torturing, there are a lot of kids and adults out there who are struggling. They find it hard to stop the feeling of drowning in life’s issues. Being a mentor can be a great benefit to just about anyone – age is not a determining factor. I know a lot of adults who could benefit from having a mentor in their life. Sometimes you lean on a parent or other family member, but sometimes it is good to have a more objective person who will tell you the things you need to hear that you may not be ready to face.
There are a number of great organizations that are already in place such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters – These are just two of many places that are a great starting point if you are interested in giving back to the community. When you visit their sites you can explore the other connections they have. Also, do not forget about your local seniors. A lot of nursing homes welcome volunteers to read, spend time with them or initiate crafts. There is a lot to learn from the elderly community, and a lot of them barely get visits from their own family. You could be the reason they feel vibrant again.
What about those 20-somethings you know who are trying to start their adult life? How about those 30-somethings who may have to start over? The 40-somethings who have put off life and are rushing to begin again? The 50-somethings who are finding love again in various new areas of their life? The 60-somethings who are fighting the big R word (retirement)? The 70-somethings who have finally found peace? And the 80-somethings who have realized that living is the best part of life that gets lost over the years? There are so many facets of life that we often struggle with and feel alone in even among the closest of friends. It can be hard to ask for help but it can be the most rewarding, even life changing in some instances.
I invite you to consider something. When we put our own swords down, it is then we realize the weight we were carrying. When you are busy helping others through their struggles, you realize how to prioritize your own things. This is not to say we should ignore ourselves, but sometimes we often get too buried in our own crises that we don’t see how to crawl our way out. It causes a shield of ignorance. I feel that helping and inspiring others to make the most of what life has to offer gives me purpose. I feel that the more we band together, the better we all will be in the long run.
If you know someone who need something, reach out to them. It could be someone to vent to, someone in need of career advice or what kind of flowers are right for their wedding. Don’t place limits on things that don’t require one.
Help others. Encourage others. Love others.