Week 23 - A time to reflect
A time to reflect; a time to look back at the most amazing 6 months.
When I started the Nicest Job in Britain I never really knew the type of rollercoaster journey I would embark on. I knew that it would be good, I knew that it would be hard but most of all I knew that it would change my life, but how; that was all to be discovered.
If there is one thing I have learnt from my past 6 months it's that all charities, no matter how big or small, change peoples lives. Whether they have touched one life in Africa by giving them the chance to read, or thousands of blind people's lives by giving them a furry companion, they have made a difference in the world.
What overwhelms me the most however, is that I have been part of that change. Be it very small, a change none-the-less.
If I look back at all the incredibly inspirational people that I have brushed shoulders with and think about all the good that they do, I get incredibly emotional. Only this morning was I reading a letter from somebody I have worked with at one of the charities, telling me how much of an impact I had whilst I was there. It's letters like that, that fill me with so much joy and so much emotion that, to be frank, I cry.
It's a privilege and an honour to wake up every morning and go into an organisation that does so much good in the world. This job has filled me with so much joy and passion and if I am really honest, given me a purpose. I have never felt so content in my life.
People ask me all the time what my favourite charity is or what my best week was. And yes, I have had my personal favourites. But, every single one of the 22 charities I have been to have all had their special moments. Too many to write down in a blog. But let me tell you this, I can 100% guarantee that no matter how big or small your contribution is to those charities, they all make a difference. That's a fact.
So as I sit here at my half way mark I cant help but look toward the future. The immediate future of the next 6 months (and let me tell you, an incredible line up still to come. And the not so immediate future.
I am truly blessed to have my phone ringing off the hook. From the Huffington Post who recently made me a contributing blogger to Just Giving, who have extended their hospitality to go and spend some time in their London Offices. It's this blog, this job and those amazing people around me that have made all these opportunities happen. So thank you. Truly.
I get people every day asking me "What's next?"
What happens after this amazing year is over.
To be frank, I don't know. But one thing I do know is that I don't want this ride to stop. Right now, I am not ready to get off the bus. I hope that what has been achieved over the past 6 months can be continued for the next 6, and for the future beyond that. But what that is at the moment, that's anyone's guess.
But considering what I, and we, have achieved - I have faith that somehow it won't stop.
So thank you. Thank you to everybody involved who made this happen. Thank you to all the charities for opening their doors so widely and thank you to you, for reading. Let's see what the next lot of charities hold.
Got your tissues ready?