Want to follow your dreams? Volunteer!

October 31, 2014

volunteerDo most Americans and immigrants love to work?  Is that why we’re the superpower that we are?  I personally think that work gets one out of the dumps.  I’ve had a lot of jobs over the years and the one thing that has always stayed with me even if I was a little off was that I was always doing something.  Granted, the thing I was doing may have not been the best for me at the time, but working helped me find my place.

I now know it’s good to concentrate on oneself and be kind to oneself, but when I was working without thinking of who I was, it kind of became my undoing.  When I buckled down and got my thoughts together AND worked out who I was while being kind to myself AND others, I felt less anxious.

I don’t work at any high powered job, but I do a lot of different things that are important to me and others who trust me.

It’s funny how we young people (and older people) have all these degrees and some people are doing jobs that are blue collar jobs.  I say find yourself in that blue collar job.  I mean, volunteering is what America about these days, so use your connections to find a job that you can work around and volunteer at something YOU find meaningful and full-filling.

I know when I volunteer, I feel like I am living my dream.  So what if there’s no real money involved.  The real money is in the free things you get when volunteering.  I’ve volunteered a lot of places including, a film festival, a dance organization and board, Meals on Wheels, my Quaker meeting, and a library.  When I volunteer, I don’t feel a heavy burden on my shoulders and (keeping my priorities in mind) can just relax and feel like I am working toward my dream.

That goes along with why I think improv and being able to think fast on your feet is so important.  Too many of us sit at a computer all day long.  We need to do something interactive that gets us moving and thinking things out.  I think if everyone in America took improv (and maybe the world too) we would get along with each other better.  Because every time I look at the box office receipts for movies, good comedies bring in a good amount of money.

Sometimes I really do think we should just work better at the jobs we have until you feel like you have nothing else to learn or give by doing the job.  I know we supposedly all want to be a sports star or in the movies, but that’s what community theater or community organized sports are for right?  Maybe we just can’t buy those $100 jeans and should just go to a thrift store instead.

I saw a commercial recently that mentioned how Americans are defined by work.  We’re always working or at least it’s perceived that way.  Maybe when you immerse yourself in work you forget about the bad parts of one’s life.

I know that we Americans are always on the go and it’s hard to focus on cooking or eating the right things sometimes, but if you work within your budget to make time for it and try something small, it could really give you pride that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.  That’s what cooking is about:  making something from scratch and feeling like an artist.  At least that’s how I feel when I make hummus or pesto or cookies from scratch.

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