Posted 3/22/2020 1:34 PM (GMT -6)
Good for you, Mike. I've always thought that getting out and helping and volunteering was very helpful to ourselves and to others.
There is a saying that goes:
"Happiness can't be found , wen u seek It for urself
But wen u give to others , It 'll find its way back to u ...
Dats The Mystery of HAPPINESS...!!"
I've always advocated for others to volunteer at places like libraries, senior citizens homes, hospitals, walking a dog at a kennel. I've never thought of the farm and the food pantry.
I've always advocated those places for others but I don't actually go to any of these places myself. I have a condition in which I can't be around a lot of noise, and every place seems to have phones, functional music and other sources of noise which I can't tolerate.
So I feel I'm kinda locked out. Also, I must have some sort of psychological condition, I just don't gravitate towards crowds or people. Now if I'm in a situation with other people, I'll be the most talkative person there, and I'll enjoy it more than the others.
But I don't purposely walk out and seek those kinds of places. It's probably social anxiety. My dad was like that. He stayed by himself except for work.
But now that you've mentioned it, I may have to give that food bank a thought.
I think socialization like that, helping others, would help ourselves to fight depression and low self esteem.
I went to Easter Seals therapy workshop putting tags on soap boxes, but putting tags on soap boxes around other people, and from depressed, I was probably the happiest person in the building. As a bipolar, that makes sense. It also led to a job for me. But it started with Easter Seals therapy workshop. It started with people.
Food pantry, around people, same thing.