At the age of about 13 or 14 I started doing volunteer work. I volunteered regularly until about 18 years ago when my volunteering kicked into overdrive. Those last 18 years have seen me holding executive positions (often multiple at one time) and committing as many hours to volunteering as I was working (I sacrificed sleep, not family time). Tonight I have finally been able to relinquish my last positioned volunteering role as the president of the high school P&C Association.
I actually wanted to stand down last year, but (and sadly literally) 4 hours before the AGM we went into covid lockdown. The AGM didn’t happen. What with the craziness of last year I was unable to handover my position. Even this year, when the AGM was many weeks ago, no-one stepped up and I had to work hard to find a replacement.
But after 3.5 years, I am no longer president. I just returned from my last meeting in that role and the relief is physical – a weight has lifted from my shoulders.
As a parent it doesn’t mean my volunteering is over. As needed I will help, but I no longer have responsibility, and that is key.
Do you volunteer, or have you been a volunteer in the past?