This weekend we are asking for a bit of your memoirs. We want a real account of a period in your life that can be clearly identified by (wait for it) the number three. Maybe it’s the three decades you spent flipping burgers. Maybe it’s the three seconds you hesitated justifiably before saying “I do.” This is the criteria and my submission for it.
It was the beginning of this year that I was feeling the strongest urge to step out of my comfort zone. For decades I had been fighting the ‘darkness’ which is what I labelled the disease I carried called ‘depression. For years I had been going through life with a veil of negativity and it crippled my enjoyment of life. For the past two years I felt a newness in my living, and an unbelievable difference in how I viewed the world around me. No longer did I see only the problems or negative aspects of situations. Instead I viewed the possibilities surrounding me. My family and friends started noticing the difference in me, especially my husband who constantly, though somewhat embarrassing to me was telling me how proud he was. I felt somehow like a celebrity that was receiving an award. In any case I wondered how this new attitude of life could affect me or others. Perhaps, I could expand my horizon from living a fairly sedentary lifestyle to reach out and make a difference in the community. My answer came while running into a woman who I used to live in the same neighborhood as I a few years ago. We got talking and she was telling me that she was a volunteer at our local hospital in town. I mentioned that it would appeal to me to do the same and so she said she would give my name to the Coordinator of the Volunteer Auxiliary. I didn’t hear for a while but it’s now it’s been three months since I got a telephone call asking if I was interested. I said yes somewhat hesitantly, as this for me was a big step. But I did as was requested and had a police background check done and the necessary blood tests and submitted my application. Well, I started volunteering this week, and so my comfort zone has now expanded.