I've been thinking lately that I need to find a "cause" that I can channel some good energy into.
Years back I was quite active (and this may be a shock to some of you) with my church in San Clemente Ca. I was the wedding coordinator, loved it, such a joy to work with young couples.
When the boys got of age, I delved into Scouts. I put in a good ten years into the program, felt it was my calling to help youth. I held positions from Den Leader on up to Cub Master..then moved up to Boy Scouts where I was an Assistant Scoutmaster. Not only did I work on the local level...I was a District Commissioner for 3 packs, 4 troops and 2 Explorer post as well as a trainer for our Council. I lived and breathed Scouting.....until my train accident.
Train Accident you ask? Oh boy. I'll make this quick... I was riding the Metra coming from Chicago on my way home into the Aurora station. Our train hit head on with another train. I flew about ten feet. I blacked out and woke up to find myself on top of a ladies head. I had somehow made my way through closed doors. My shoes were back in the isle where I had once stood. I had tweaked my neck and got bumped up pretty good.
This was a time to re-evaluate my life as I knew it. I decided to remove some commitments and stresses. Although I loved scouting, I was up to my eyeballs with duties and responsibilities.
I had also worked in our school district with a handicap boy, stayed with him for over 7 years. I got him into college but he passed away shortly thereafter of a heart attache due to his disability.
Fast forward 7 years....here I am. Missing a cause...needing that "good feeling" you get from helping others, you know?
I'm considering the animal route, would love to raise funds for Bernie Berlin's A Place to Bark, or even volunteer at a local shelter.
I'm turning 50 at the end of this month, I guess it's my internal clock letting me now it's re-evaluation time of where I am in my life, what am I doing for the better good?