Walking the extra-mile, by Cristina Serbanescu, student at Carol I National College, Craiova
“I”ve learned that you shouldn”t go through life with a catcher”s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” ~Maya Angelou
Is it possible that that we have started to become stale as bread, dull as the pale walls of the communist blocks, pliable like the willows in the wind? Have we tried so much to adapt to the modern times that we have forgotten that we are humans with a sweetish sugar-cotton core on the inside? The answer that each and every one of us would unquestionably utter would be “Yes, we have”. Contrary to common belief, this affirmation is contrived.
To begin with, in a society that is notoriously reluctant to embrace novel methods of helping our peers, methods which have not yet proved themselves, we fear that if we were to fail in our attempts, the blame would be on us. When fears, guilt, lack of self-confidence, and all the feelings that make us feel small and useless come to surface, we tend to give up and believe we are trying the impossible. However, there is one ray of hope: to volunteer, to give something back.
The process of volunteering can, more often than not, be misconceived. From giving a penny everyday to the shabby-dressed homeless man near your school to being part of a well-known organization, from picking up a piece of paper that does not belong to you, to offering your help to a hunchback old lady- they are all, undoubtedly, sheer evidence of our unconditional support for the entire world. Furthermore, the communities have not confined to insignificant projects, but expanded their horizons as far as sending their willing volunteers to remote places, so that their desire to pay respect for Mother Earth and life could be fulfilled.
Hitherto, the ubiquity and extent of this movements have brought millions inner gratitude and lustrous smiles on the faces of those who have helped and on those that have been helped. Not only can one envisage the positive part of life, but may also become his own Robinson Crusoe, Peter Pan or Jackie Kennedy.A person can have the power to transform abject poverty into flourishing communities with no more than goodwill and sheer determination.
Needless to say, one may not save lots of money in life, but if he has saved a lot of heartaches for other, he is a fairly rich man. A volunteer shall always remain a winner that never stops trying, as the one hour or the one year when he has helped, shall become priceless. After all, unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of our souls.
Acest eseu este castigatorul mentiunii in cadrul 2011 Shakespeare School Essay Competition, grupa de varsta 15-19 ani, avand ca tema rolul si importanta voluntariatului. Premiul a constat intr-un cadou surpriza din partea librariei Carturesti, dictionare Cambridge/Oxford CD ROM sau album British Churches, de la Fischer International , un voucher pentru achizitionarea de articole sportive din Puma – Cotroceni, un voucher de reducere 50% la orice curs de vara de limba engleza la Shakespeare School, un rucsac si alte surprize din partea British Council Romania. Dorim sa o felicitam pe Cristina pentru faptul ca s-a evidentiat din peste 5100 de eseuri trimise la concursul national de creatie in limba engleza organizat de Shakespeare School si ii uram mult succes in continuare!