If you are ever looking for something simple yet rewarding to do with your life, get a little brother or sister. Obviously I am not saying you should convince your grown parents to re-start their lives with new children. You need to take some of your precious time and donate it to a child that is in need.
This past year, I somehow came to the conclusion that I didn't volunteer enough. I honestly don't know how I came to that conclusion, but I did. I just went to the Big Brothers Big Sisters website and signed up! Forewarning, this is not a quick process. If you are in this for praise and accolades, go look somewhere else. It takes weeks to get your application processed and even longer to get placed with a child that is compatible with you. It is worth the wait.
I was placed with the most hilarious girl. I expected the worst because I quite literally said I would take anyone. I didn't care about handicaps or any problems. My little was pretty darn perfect to me. She had a sassy sense of humor, a little attitude, and we liked a ton of the same things. Her friends were always dying to hang out with me, but alas they couldn't. I brought crafts to do during lunch, we played board games (unsuccessfully), and we chatted.
I couldn't believe that the school year was almost over. She asked if I would come for the last week of school and of course I had to come. I went out to recess for the first time, lunch had open seating, and I had my first ever junk food lunch to enjoy and celebrate there. At recess, a line of girls at recess gave me weeds (they thought they were flowers). At lunch, all of the girls crowded around me while we talked about summer, cats, school, and friends. They wanted to see pictures of me when I was younger and show me their fidget spinners. One of the girls even said she wished I was her big sister. My heart broke. My little and I have a blast. These other girls and boys want the same thing.
This is the most exceptional program. Thank you Big Brothers Big Sisters for giving me the opportunity to impact these children in a positive way.