I love this photo of the World JOTA-JOTI Team. It looks like it should be an album cover. You can see me at the left. I look pretty relaxed. That must be because the other guys are doing most of the work.
You may have seen my earlier post titled Malaysia Bound that discussed my volunteer work with World Scouting. This post is my next in an infrequent series about retirement enrichment. The first, although many carry this theme, was titled Retirement Enrichment — Identity.
In that post I outlined my own program which consists of volunteering, freelance work, and living life – including hobbies, family, and friends. Volunteering offers so many advantages. It allows you to:
- Make a difference in your chosen cause and organization
- Engage with like-minded people and deploy your well-developed people skills
- Utilize the technical skill sets you’ve built over your lifetime
- Develop new skills and try out new things at relatively low risk
- Keep up with the world at large
I’ve been very fortunate to link my volunteer work with my hobby, my past career, and my support of Scouting. Plus, I’ve been able to meet so many new and interesting people, all who are dedicated to the same things I am.
I really encourage you to get out and get involved through volunteering. It can be a big part of your retirement. Or, if you’re between career adventures, it can keep those skills in action and develop valuable connections.
It’s also about paying it forward, or should that be “foreword”?
Add volunteering to your PathForeWord.