The older I get, the more I love to give my time to volunteering.  I suppose it’s the circle of life in that the older you get the less selfish you get, at least for most people I would think.  Me from 25 years ago would never think to volunteer or do any task for free.  After all, everything in your youth is about me, me, me.  The agenda of youth is the self.  It’s a shame really…

One of the great things that happened to me in my 20s was me forcing myself to stop being so egocentric – I was obsessed with everything me.  “How does this help ME?” or “What’s in it for ME?” was always the modus operandi when it came to either trying new things or getting involved with things.  You get stuck in a cycle where you just don’t see the forest for the trees – you are trapped in yourself.  It also puts things in perspective when you don’t get paid for something – your motivation is to help and your drive to succeed is based on how much you help, not how much money you make.

I started volunteering in the early 2000s, when I was still single.  Just doing something else that wasn’t involved with my mindless daily routine seemed to jump start me and get my mind thinking about other more important things.  It also exposed me to other interests – like the Tall Ships Festival that I volunteered with in 2006.  Since then I have donated my time to other local causes to include the Fox River Ad Club and helping out with Neighborworks Green Bay.

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