“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
- Audrey Hepburn
When I arrived at veteran’s village for the first dinner of the semester I was unsure of what to expect. This was my first real experience providing a service for an organization that was organized by someone close to me, Dr. Soldani. I’ve always felt like an outsider and this gave me an opportunity to be part of something bigger than myself and this was one of the first times I had a chance to give back to people who have given so much of their lives to protecting this countries freedom.
I showed up to the veteran’s village with two silver trays of salad worried that no one was going to eat it. Once I got to the room where we would be serving dinner I was kind of surprised by how small the place was because we were told to expect a large group for dinner. I looked around and began helping out where I could. Dr. Soldani instructed me to portion out the salad that way when it was time to serve dinner things could move quickly and smoothly. After portioning the salad, I was given the privilege to actually serve the veterans the main part of their meals. There was a buffet of food which the veterans could choose which was incredible to see because of how grateful everyone seemed. No one was greedy and each person I was able to serve extended their gratitude. They looked happy to have someone there even if we only talked for a couple of minutes. We served everyone once and even had a couple people come back for seconds to take home later. The hardest part of the whole thing was seeing the veterans who were on the older side having difficulty holding their plates up because of how frail their bodies have become over the years.
I am the youngest of four kids. For much of my life I have been babied by my family because of my age. Being the youngest has put me in a position where I feel like everyone is constantly looking out for me and always offering their help when they can. As I grew up more my older sister would tell me that we have an obligation to others to help them if we are able to. Being busy in an excuse she would tell me only lazy people used because they could not admit to themselves that they simply didn’t want to do something. Coming into your class for the first time made me realize what she meant. Dr. Soldani told me that she was at a point in her life that she was very grateful for because she had the opportunity to help these veterans and not be held back financially. This really resonated with everything I’ve been taught as kid. This gave me the chance to really give back and not just talk about how I could help.
There are so many ways to give back to people around you it is mind blowing that people still find the excuse to say they are busy. If each person extends their hand and offers to help where they can we wouldn’t have so many people falling back in life without any way of getting back up. When people feel alone it makes it harder to find the motivation to succeed after a failure. People need to know they’re not alone and if everyone contributes just a little bit the overwhelming sense of compassion could help push people through the trying times in their life. We can’t touch everyone we meet in our lives but for those few that we do it means the world to them. Helping others boost your overall moral leaving you feeling much better about the world around than before. It is very easy to be selfish but even harder to be selfless. There are so many worthwhile causes out there people just need to find them and find something that they really believe in. . If someone can find a cause that is special to them then I believe that’s where they can provide the most help. Fighting for something you really believe in resonates more with someone than doing something because they have to.