Why volunteer ?

I remember that as a child I dreamt of changing the world. I saw that too many children did not get to go to school, too many families went hungry and too many people died because they didn’t get medicine on time. It didn’t seem fair that this happened when we had every opportunity at hand, when we had access to healthcare and we had plenty to eat. Why were we the chosen ones?

Why were they the ones left behind ? The world could do with a Superman or a Captain America. Clark Kent changed his world. And I dreamt of days when I could use super powers to bring “truth and justice” and make sure everyone lived happily ever after.

But a lot of things change when you grow older. Santa Claus is not for real, becoming Mother Theresa isn’t as easy as it seems and not every Erin Brockovich wins.

Yet somehow we still plan our dreams according to that dream that came to us in our childhood . No matter how absurd it seemed you want to look back and say “it was my dream as a kid to do this.” I still dream of changing the world and it might not mean that I will eradicate poverty and make this world an enchanted fairytale. But what it might mean is that I will try.

I will try to help a poor child get through school, I will try to make sure that someone’s hunger is satisfied, I will try to help a patient get his medication; it means I will try to put a smile on someone’s face.

Scott Adams once said, “Remember there is no such thing as a small act of kindness and every act creates a ripple with no logical end”. So may be if I brought a smile to your face today, just may be you will be touched and bring a smile to someone else’s face and just maybe this will continue to eternity.

And just maybe things will seem a whole lot better here. Because we are, after all, one big family
“Because Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten” - Lilo and Stitch
This article was written by a volunteer who recently became part of the The Stitch Movement. For more information about how we reach out to the greater Sri Lankan family visit www.stitchmovement.com

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