So, it’s two months into City Year and I am really digging the experience. The new surroundings are extremely pleasing. Being from Michigan, it is great to live in a place that gets all four seasons. With fall rolling in, new and vibrant colors pop up all the time on the trees. With this, the color that has stuck out the most to me lately is RED. Now to some that may seem a bit cliché but honestly it does. Never again will I be able to look at the color red in the same way and this is only after two months with City Year.
Opening Day was a few days back and it has made me so proud to wear my reds. Seeing members of the community present, supporting us was something else. Listening to everyone’s statements on why they serve seemed to bond us all together; it bonded me with my fellow corps members and it bonded all of us to the communities in which we serve. For those who are curious as to what my “I Serve” statement was…here you go:
“I serve to help children and communities in a way that has never been offered to me or my hometown community.”
To wrap things up, I will start by saying that so far City Year has been everything I expected and more. I expected to be helping people. However, I did not realize that the people I am helping would in turn be helping me. I have the words “Light Up The Darkness” tattooed on my chest. To me those words have always meant turning negatives into positives, not let darkness swallow me whole, and to shine light on others. Here in Manchester, NH I get a chance to do that every single day. Those words mean so much more to me now.
And as true as the title says, City Year…I’m digging it.
Yours in lighting up the darkness