Whenever I share some of the stories that I have from life in Armenia and my work as a volunteer, I am often asked if I think it is ever too late to start volunteering or doing some of the work that I did at SPITAK. Well, I am going to say that no, generally speaking it is never too late to start doing this kind of work but it might be for certain work.
Back when I was in my early twenties and in the prime of my life, I was in perfect health to do some of the search and rescue work that we did. I am also realistic. I would like to sit here and tell you that you can do what I did at any age and that it is for everyone, but my case was a little bit special.
You Don’t Have to Change the World
The work we did was very physically and mentally demanding and I really wouldn’t suggest anyone over the age of 50 or so to take on some of the jobs that we did. You really don’t have to be as extreme as I was and you don’t have to try to save the world. It can be as simple as volunteering for your neighborhoods soup kitchen to make a difference and to feel the benefits from it and help make you appreciate the life you have much more.
You don’t have to be a rescue worker to make a difference in someone’s life. You wouldn’t believe how much people appreciate you taking any time at all out of your day to try and make theirs a little bit easier.