Every so often I get the question why I do what I do and how come I don’t mind being busy pretty much every single weekend.
Well, let me tell you. BHUF (www.bhuf.org) is very dear to my heart. I’ve been around it for years and I really and genuinely think it’s a great organisation. I think it’s a positive organisation! For me it’s always been a positive experience doing things with BHUF, even before I was on the board. Actually more so when I wasn’t on the board. At that point, I showed up, had fun and then left. Now, I’m in the meetings planning everything, putting in hard work, late nights and countless hours on the phone to make certain things/activities happen. And even if it sometimes takes time away from doing something else, I still do it while actually enjoying it. Thankfully my family and friends understand how important it is to me and they don’t give me a hard time about being away and not having enough time to spend with them. I’ve always given BHUF my all and I will continue to do so while I’m on the board. Through this wonderful experience I’ve made some great friends, lost some and made some new ones again. I’ve met people who have inspired me tremendously. I’ve met people who made me look at myself and see the good person I actually am while they’ve trashed me and my character. I’ve learned so much about myself and I’m a better person for having been involved in projects with BHUF. Some of the people I’ve met through BHUF I wanna be friends with for the rest of my life. But, more than anything I’ve had this thing connection me to my peers with the same history and the background that I have. We’ve cried together, we’ve laughed together, we’ve travelled together and we’ve shared experiences together. And still, we’re only a few people who can actually say that. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they are walking through a zoo looking at animals they’ve only seen on TV before makes it all worth it. And the students relaxed and laughing in the midst of a though exam period in school makes it all worth it. Knowing you’ve helped a ten-year old live longer because she now can afford the medicine makes it all worth it.
I take this very seriously and I want my time with BHUF to matter.