|Jody's team reppin' the A at their |
recyling center project
And I wanted none of it.
All my life, I’ve had itchy feet and continents on my mind. The one thing I knew for sure upon graduating college was that I needed to GO. After 17 years of school, I wanted to finally stop sitting and start moving. Where I would move to? How I would do it? No idea. But the wanderlust inside me desperately needed to chase the horizon.
On impulse, I applied to AmeriCorps NCCC and said yes. It sounded like the best adventure possible: getting paid to travel around the country helping people.
|Jody's team, Earth 4|
|Jody and her 'roommate' |
on spike in Austin, TX
Since I joined NCCC five months ago, I have served at a food pantry in CO, a nature preserve in TX, and a Boys and Girls Club in NM. Some days the work has flown by, and some days the stressful moments have made it hard to recognize the importance of what I am doing. There are mornings that snow chains have to be put on the van in -10 degrees and you got zero sleep last night because your roommate snores. There are times when your teammate uses up the last of the toilet paper, you get stuck cleaning up everyone else's mess in the kitchen, and your team leader feels like your babysitter.
|Driving through New Mexico|
Those are the days you just want to put your head down, cry like a baby, quit and go home.But instead, I have to put things in perspective and remember that whereas I have a home, many of the people I am serving in disaster relief just lost theirs. While I have family members that love and support me, the teammate I am frustrated with comes from a broken home. And even though the work I am doing is exhausting and emotionally draining, I am privileged to be able to give back.
|Jody and her team, Earth 4|
When people ask me, I still do not have any kind of plan for the next 50 years of my life. But I do have an answer for right now: I’m leaning forward and chasing after that next crazy venture beneath the skies!
|Jody and her team leader in Austin, TX|