You can make a huge difference when volunteering. You can change lives, and have your life changed in return.
However, sometimes there’s a limit to how much you can do.
Accepting that you’re human and therefore there’s only so much you can do is not always easy. Most of us will have said ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’ at some point before. Whether it be trying to juggle the washing, the children, and work, or trying to find 30 minutes to have a bath. We have to accept that there are only 24 hours in the day and in some of those we have to sleep, therefore, however well we organise our time, there are only a finite number of things you can do within these hours. By a certain age, most of us have realised this, and we live with it.
Accepting that there’s only so much you can do full stop, is much harder. We can’t lead other people’s lives for them and, sometimes, all you can do is watch someone making mistakes and hope they learn from them. When volunteering for a number of organisations, you meet a wide range of people. You meet people from all sorts of different backgrounds and of all different ages. Sometimes, you feel a connection to someone and you begin to care about them. But because they come from all walks of life, things can happen that you’ve never encountered before. Never had to deal with. That can be hard, especially when you have no control over it. All you can do is make the best out of a bad situation and give the best advice you can.
There are many things in this world that you can look at and say ‘that needs fixing’ or ‘that shouldn’t be happening’. But when it’s close to home, and you see things right in front of you… it only makes you want to change things more. But what if you can’t change them? Then what? How do you deal with that? What happens when you see bad things happening around you, but there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it? We are only human. I am only one person. I have limited time. I want to make a difference. I want to make a change. But sometimes I don’t feel I’m strong enough. And sometimes, there really is nothing I can do…