In a time when everything seems like it just isn’t going the right way- a majority of 2020- this is the perfect opportunity to be grateful.
Growing up, my parents have always shared their childhood stories- my mother had to walk 2 miles each way to go to college and come back; there wasn’t always enough food everyday to support the family on a single middle-class tutor’s income; my mother got a job as a teacher at 20 to support her younger siblings. The stories and memories are endless. Hearing how their childhood and early 20s went, I began to reflect on my life- as a 20-something year old.
My sisters and I have been fortunate to have more than enough food on the table and a well-built roof over our heads. Growing up, we take these for granted, sometimes even complain that we didn’t get to eat our favorite takeout for 2 nights in a row. All of this changed while I was in college.
My father began asking me to save up for my retirement with my senior internship at SJSU. Retirement.. already? I am only 21, I should be able to go on trips and eat whatever I please. How can I do that if 80% of my savings goes to retirement? But I did it, starting 3 years ago. Now, I am grateful that though I have been impacted by Covid on the job front, I can still sustain myself without going into debt for another year.
Taking care of our only our blood, our family, our relationships is not enough. There is a higher appreciation and satisfaction which is felt when self-less deeds go towards someone else. One month ago, I came across United Sikhs- a non-profit organization which has three main departments: Disaster Relief, Education, and Social Service. This is a group of volunteers who comes to join the rescue forces whenever a disaster strikes. The CA Wildfire victims received free food, clothes, non-perishables for days on end through their tireless efforts. I am fortunate to be part of the social service department where I have the opportunity to serve food, distribute blankets and non-perishables to the Berkeley homeless camps. I am grateful that I can PAY IT FORWARD!
We all have one reason or another to be grateful. Here are only a couple of mine. What are some things you are grateful for? To hear more about and be part of our conversation on “Paying it Forward”, join us in our next meeting on November 25th.
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