Throughout my academic and professional career volunteerism has always been a part of who I am and what I have done. I never really gave it a second thought. Even before I was a teenager I found myself helping with food and toy drives in my local community. At first I don’t think I got much out of it, other than a feeling of community. While much of it stemmed from my faith community, looking back it may have been much deeper.
This year I set a goal for myself to get out and do the things I felt like I missed by focusing on work too much. I wanted to get out and meet bands, listen to great music, meet new people and most importantly, get off my ass. While I feel like this past year has been one of the most difficult professionally, it has been the most inspiring personally. I have spent more money then I should have, for the first time in my life not paid off a credit card bill in full, pushed the limits when it came to rest, wasted plenty of time sitting outside of concert venues, it was all worth it.