Where It All Began...Part 2

September 13, 2013

Blogtember prompt: Describe a day where your life took a turn.

Let's set the stage. I obviously look ready for a life-changing moment.

Once upon a time, I was a little sophomore walking through the halls of my brand new high school. One girl out of 6,000 students. A teacher who I had never seen before called out to me. And not just called. Physically touched my shoulder and pulled me out of the stream of 6,000 students rushing to class.

"Hey! Yeah, you. Did you vote for Youth Initiative yet?"

And as always when strangers abruptly touch me, I stopped. 
And engaged in a long conversation. 

I told him I didn't know what Youth Initiative was, and he told me it was the student philanthropy club. 
They did all kinds of amazing service projects like food drives and MDA cash drives and everything. 
That day, they were having elections for club officers. 

And for some reason, that I will never know, he looked at me and said 
"You know, we still have one open office. Why don't you put your name down?"

So I did. 

And that day, I became secretary of a club that 24 hours earlier I had known nothing about. 

And that was the day my life changed. 

I fell in love with philanthropy from that moment on. With the buzz of it. With the community of it. With the multi-function hats of it. With the constant change of it. With the way God made Himself so wonderfully apparent in the works of the students to bring so much good to our community. With the writing of it. With the volunteer tracking of it. With the planning of it. 

Oh hey, sophomore year.

And now...eight years later...I am still in love with philanthropy, still studying it, still pursuing it. 

Every day, I feel insanely blessed that out of 6,000 students his hand found my shoulder and pulled me in. That out of 6,000 students, he told me to write my name down. And out of 6,000 students, one found their greatest passion that day. 

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  1. It's amazing how one small moment can influence your life, eh? It's really cool that you're still passionate about it even after all this time since so many people fizzle out of those passions after high school. Keep at 'er, girl!

  2. That is a great story- I wish I had something I was truly passionate about and admire what it is for you.

  3. That is so cool, so beat that a teacher saw something so great in you!


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