Volunteering With Kids Will Change Your Life

keeping-on-track Volunteer work is incredibly important. The work of volunteers is vital to make the world a better place.  According to the Dictionary, a volunteer is “a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking.”

There are so many different ways that we can use our individual talents to give back to our community. Whatever talent or passion you have, there is a volunteer position where you can use it. Everything from artistic ability, mental ability and physical ability can help in some way. You might as well put your skills to good use and volunteer wherever you can.

There are thousands of incredible places to volunteer your time and service. Whenever I get the chance, I love to volunteer with kids. It is incredibly fun, and there is never a dull moment. It is such a rewarding experience. Volunteering with kids will change your life.

When you have encounters with kids, many people believe that it will purely be a time of  acting as  a babysitter and maybe teaching them a few things along the way. You might go in with that attitude, but I promise that you will learn more being around kids than in any other situation.

The moment I was in the sixth grade, I started volunteering my time as a small group leader at my church. I thought it was just going to be me watching the kiddos and teaching them a little bit about Jesus. I wasn’t expecting anything more.

Over the years I continued to be a small group leader at my church. I hung out with the kids every Sunday morning. Then I started doing extra things like volunteering at the summer church camps with my group of kids and volunteering at our annual event TC Toys. No matter what I did, I was always doing something where I was interacting with kids. I did this until my senior year of high school.

Now I’m a sophomore in college, and I can promise you that I grew so much as a person being around those kids. I would not be the person I am today if I had not spent so much time around a variety of children. Back when I started volunteering, I was only twelve years old and going through the phase where I thought I knew everything, but wow was I wrong.

I was supposed to be a teacher to these kids, but they taught me more than I ever imagined. I started to look at life through the perspective of children, and it really opened my eyes. Kids don’t worry about what other people think. Kids don’t judge others for their appearance or the things that they like. Kids see the good in others. Kids are constantly curious about everything they see. Kids are fearless.

Volunteering with those kids made me grow as a person. It seriously changed my life. It made me more confident. It made me realize that everyone has a story. It made me realize that being unique is cool. It made me realize that there is so much to discover in the world. It made me realize that I needed to take more risks.

If you have never spent time with kids, I challenge you to go find a place where you can volunteer with children. It can be pretty hectic, but I promise that you will learn so much and grow as a person.

My “Happy List”

When days get a little rough and I am kind of sad, my favorite thing to do is think about things that make me happy. It doesn’t matter if they are big things, or even little things. As long as it makes me happy, it is bound to brighten my darkest days. Creating what I like to call a “happy list” is great because one, it’s all about what makes myself happy; two, it’s a great way to forget about what is making me sad or angry in a positive way. So here is a little glimpse into only a few of the many things that make me extremely happy, but in no particular order of course.

  1. My family

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My family is literally my everything. I can’t get through the day without talking to them at least once (usually more if I’m being honest).

2. My best friend

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There is something amazing about having a person that you can literally trust with your life. I am lucky enough to have someone that I can turn to in the good times and bad. I know that she will be there for me no matter what.

3. Puppies

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Who doesn’t love puppies?  I love my two little yorkies and even if I can’t pet them in person, looking at pictures or cute videos of them easily makes my day.

4. God’s word

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Nothing makes me feel better than turning directly to God’s word. There is something about reading God’s truth that covers you with an instant peace.

5. OU Football

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Boomer Sooner! I absolutely love the University of Oklahoma. There is something about school pride that makes you feel happy inside. It helps when your team is the best, too.

6. Writing

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Writing is something that I have loved forever, and it exactly why I am writing this post. I love being able to not only express myself though my words, but I hope to actually help people with what I write as well.

7. Babies

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Well obviously babies are adorable, so why wouldn’t you smile when you see one? They are just too cute and seriously too precious to describe. I could look at and hold my cute little baby cousin all day long.

8. The beach

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Close your eyes and imagine yourself with sand in between your toes and the sound of the waves hitting the shore in the distance, and I promise that you will feel happy inside. Sometimes you just need to escape reality for a quick second and imagine yourself somewhere else.

9. Music

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I love music. I love to sing, dance, play piano and even just listen to music. There is literally music for every type of mood you are in or what emotion you are feeling at the moment. It can take you away from the world and heal your soul.

10. Ice Cream

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Sweet treats are definitely good for the soul. Thinking about ice cream…scratch that, going to get ice cream is the perfect cure for bad days. So go out and get some ice cream to put a smile on your face!

You may think this is a little cheesy, but honestly sometimes you have to create your own happiness. Whether you are having a good day or bad day, I recommend that you create your own “happy list” to pull out in times of need.