volunteer

V Is For Volunteer #Decoding Midlife

Volunteer(noun), – A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.

This month-long challenge and writing about midlife have been a wonderful learning experience for me. Writing about my aspirations from midlife has made me weave beautiful dreams for myself. I have this new found urge within myself to want to make my midlife years fruitful.  When I started writing on midlife, I didn’t know that I would want to write about volunteering. When I was planning my posts, I thought maybe I would write on being versatile or vivacious or write on living my life with vigour.

My childhood dream

Since childhood, my great grand -father’s life and work have inspired me a lot. Though I didn’t do much in my life until now to follow his footsteps. My great-grandfather gave up everything and worked relentlessly for the upliftment of the tribals. He is a Padma Shri recipient and the pride of our family.

I am the only privileged great-grandchild who was fortunate enough to have spent childhood years with him. I take immense pride in that and also have his Padma Shri as my most treasured possession as well as inheritance. My Treasure That I Value The Most

A confession

I mention about him here as I feel that it is the right time where I can confess that I didn’t try enough to pursue my childhood dream of being a bit like him. Maybe I looked for comfort and did not put in the efforts.

Future Plans

Thus, I plan to volunteer during my midlife. I should get back to teaching again. Being a teacher and giving it up as a profession to be with my daughter during her formative years was a very important decision for me. At that point, I thought that it was the right decision as we had moved to a new city and she needed my time. Later I never went back to school. Now she is grown up and quite independent. Also, I miss my teaching days. It was like reliving my childhood along with my students. When I miss my students too much I remove the cards they made for me and the school photographs. It makes me wants to go back to teaching. Those are very precious memories of my life.

To commence my volunteering journey, I could help my house-help’s granddaughter to learn.  She accompanies her grandmom and many times I want to tell her that she should spend her time in learning than doing household work. But she insists on helping her grandmom. Maybe I should start with her. It will be a small step but a significant one for me nonetheless.

I am sure I will never experience the feeling of emptiness that midlife crises would bring along with it if I invest my time to make someone’s life a bit easier if not better. It would give me a sense of contentment and accomplishment which nothing else could ever provide. I just hope I can bring some joy to someone’s life soon.

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

  • Winston Churchill

15 comments

  1. We need to respect the volunteers. Volunteers are the people who help the society in their free time. By doing this we can gain knowledge, develop skills, can interact with any kind of people, learn new things. Have you ever thought the advantages you will get from volunteering? By helping others you are doing good for yourself. I say that you have many advantages, by volunteering. Onata is providing you this opportunity, here you can find out all the volunteer opportunities.

  2. Having a Padma shri on your family tree is a great thing. Thumbs up for that. There’s no age for a new start. You have the intent and the genes for that. Go for it. My best wishes 🙂

  3. Wonderful idea to get back to your teaching career. I am pleased to know that you would like to start by helping house-help’s granddaughter. All the very best for it Aesha.

  4. That’s a great post, Aesha! And glad you want to follow in your great-granddad’s steps and contribute to the society. As we say, “Vidhya daan is the biggest daan”, it would be awesome if you can take it up.

  5. Gor for it Aesha its a very rewarding feeling. I have done a few days here and there as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility and totally loved it. I intend to do more as Angel grows up

  6. That’s a noble thought. You have the teacher’s instinct. You bring out the best in everyone around you. Misthi is lucky to have u as her mom. And I am lucky to have u as a friend. 😊

  7. Teaching is something i like too. A passionate job, which sees no partiality. I appreciate your intention of volunteering as many sell their teaching skills for $$$. I have seen here good teachers with experience quit their job in school and start their own enrichment center making 5digit turnover. All the best to your comeback especially volunteering.

  8. I see through your words how much you want to emulate your grandad. Helping others is the best way to help ourselves. All the best in returning to your teaching career. May I suggest Sheroes and JobsForHer to explore options. Online tutoring is another option and are popular these days.

    • Thanks Namratha for visiting my blog and your words of encouragement . I have been an online tutor too years back. However I do not wish to take up teaching again professionally. I want to teach voluntarily now.

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