January 22, 2011

Day 18 — A time when you felt passionate and alive

It was really long time ago and I almost feel guilty bringing it up now because it makes me realize how long I've been neglecting it.

When I was younger I was very involved in church. No, I'm not one of those people who believes that a man in a robe is going to meet me at some pearly set of gates, but that's beside the point.. that's the not the focus of this blog.  The most passionate I have ever felt about "doing" something was when I was sixteen years old, well the week of February vacation when I was turning 16 years old.  2002? Shit. I spent a week working in a shelter, a Boys & Girls Club and the Food Bank.

I know Ive said before that when I was younger I was convinced I was going to go to other countries and help the poorest and most unfortunate people I could find, but with my resources, this was the best i could do. Which brings me back to church.  It was a mission trip with my Youth Group.  We spent a week in Boston, staying in a rectory, and each morning we would go to a new place and help out. For five days.  My birthday was the Wednesday of that week and i remember being in the conference room of the Greater Boston Food Bank and they gave me a t-shirt to celebrate my birthday. That's all I wanted.

Granted, i had an AMAZING 16th birthday courtesy of my mom but in that day, right there, that's all I needed. In my small way, i was living out the dream I had created and was making the world better just by being in it and doing something. Between my trip to Belize and my desire to do a Habitat project, I know that I will never stop wanting to d these things, and the more I can bring them into my life, the more fulfilling it will be.  The shirt I was given had a quote on it and 'll never forget it; makes you questions what you do and maybe, even make you a better person:

Live simply, so others may simply live.

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