“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” - Rabindranath Tagore. This specific quote stood out to me because it talks about having a dream, realizing what is real, and putting it to action. If I had to describe the way I portray serving others and how I see life, this quote would be the one. As a middle school and high school student, I used to work with special needs children and adults as community service. It was something I truly enjoyed and never took for granted. I made special bonds with many of them, which made my service to them even more rewarding than what it already was. I feel that we can learn a lot about ourselves through the act of service. The feeling of giving back is very heart warming and kind of contagious. Once I experienced the feeling of giving and providing service to others, I wanted to continue to do it. So, all throughout middle school and high school I took the pleasure of continuing to help the special needs group that I worked with. They were all so special to me in so many ways. I made great relationships, and for as long as I live, I will never forget them.
About a week ago, I had the pleasure of serving homeless veterans for the first time at a facility called Veterans Village. Along with helping my history professor Dr. Soldani and working alongside a few of my fellow classmates, for this cause. On this very day, we came together to give each veteran care packages for their homes and for themselves, along with providing a nice warm meal. Each care package had goods such as: towels, slippers, cleaning products, and other personal items that they use on a daily basis. Before the event, I had the honor of helping my professor setup, organize, and package all care packages that were donated by students. As we arrived to Veterans Village, I had the joy of meeting some of the most wonderful and kind hearted veterans ever. These veterans were filled with such gratitude as they received their care packages and warm meal. One moment throughout the evening, there was one woman who stood out to me. She stood out to me because she gave me the most compassionate and gracious hug I had ever received. I could tell she was filled with such gratitude as I gave her a care package, but it was more of an honor for me to have been able to do something nice for someone who was in need. Especially knowing that these men and women have fought for our country. Giving back to this community of veterans was the least I could do to show my respects. They have done their part in serving and fighting for our freedom. Now, is the time where they deserve to be treated the same way. I thank my professor Dr. Soldani for reminding what it was like to help those in need. Thanks to her and her community service to this organization, I was able to give back. I was able to give back to a community I was never aware of until now.
My professor is a wonderful woman who constantly gives to these homeless veterans. I admire the kind hearted and giving person she is. I aspire to one day give back, as much as she has and still does. Through her generosity, a numerous amount of veterans have been able to receive care packages and meals. I think we all should take action in community service. Even if it’s as simple as donating old clothes to goodwill or other simple acts that are similar to this. I believe it is one of the best ways to truly determine and figure out the type of person you are. Finding yourself through the act of service is life changing. We all need to figure out who we are and what we are made of. Why not give back to those who need it the most and see how you can make a difference. It just takes one step, to change someone’s life forever. The enjoyment of serving others is breath taking and unforgettable. Serving others says a lot about who you are. It builds a sense of character and I believe we all should give in any way possible.
Overall, I had a wonderful time visiting the Veterans Village and being able to give back was a great reminder to what I had left back in high school. I most definitely will continue to keep serving others in all ways that I can. I hope one day when I have my own family, that I can pass on to them the awareness of giving back to the community and showing them what serving others is all about. The meaning of serving goes way beyond than just handing a plate of food, money, or a gift. It is the act of being able to see how just one person can make a difference for the lives of many.