When I got to the city community as a residential mentor I was looking forward to leaving my past behind. I recall back in those days, I was still struggling to overcome hardship caused by a series of failures during the last couple of years in Uruguay. I was also in the midst of a major career change , I felt I needed to embark in an immersive and life-changing experience that could guide my way towards a more fulfilling job (life?).
My experience as a volunteer, although short-lived, made a huge impact in my life. It helped me among other things, to reinvigorate my self-confidence. It introduced me to an unknown new path/world (invisible for most of the people) where the widely popular expression ́”by helping others you can actually help yourself” really comes true. But on top of everything, it took me to a place where I could feel proud of contributing positively on significant others lives. As a residential peer I had the chance to share first hand 24/7 my life with several young adults who’ve gone through extremely rough times. Our task was more than anything else giving them unconditional support as well as mature and calm guidance. It was not an easy task though. To be honest often it was certainly discouraging and frustrating because moving on (if possible) requires time and patience. Needless to say, during those hard days where we felt helpless due to constant ups and downs we were lucky to have the permanent support from the staff members.
However, there are other times for instance when by simply seeing a resident smile, or enjoying their time, you felt truly empowered and for a second believed as the Talmud says:
“The one who saves one life is considered to have saved the whole world.In a nutshell, that ́s already part of the story of my life. My experience at Cyrenians definitely enriched my past and shaped my present and future. Now I can say I am really pleased it happened that way. I will be always thankful to Cyrenians for the opportunity but even more to my fellow residents for inspiring and teaching me that Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make new ending. ́