By volunteer Devashree Bodas, FHI Pune
We as human beings are never content with what we have…! Especially we, “the millennial generation” have this unending urge of always craving for more or comparing our life with someone else’s perfect Instagram page. We work hard towards succeeding for what we aspire for and crib when things do not work out as we planned it. I am an aspiring architect and the past four years in architecture school gave me an opportunity to connect with people from various strata of the society and I realized that architects not just design buildings but are uniquely positioned to improve life on numerous levels for the welfare of the society.
Since past many days I was in search of an organization which works for the betterment of people and also creates awareness among the society about our social responsibility towards contributing our bit in the upliftment of our nation. I got to know about Fly Higher India through the FHI city coordinator of Pune, Apurva Prabhudesai and decided to be a part of this noble cause. The fact that I acknowledge the most about FHI is that it is a non-profit organization whose sole aim is to instill life skills amongst underprivileged children all over India…! I couldn’t have thought of a better opportunity to contribute my bit to the society.
Once I joined FHI and started participating as a volunteer, I realized that life has so much to offer…! I have food to eat, good clothes to wear and the privilege to call the place I live as “home” with the two most important people in my life who are undoubtedly my parents. I learnt to be grateful for what God has bestowed on me and FHI has made me a more responsible citizen of India.
FHI gave me a platform to engage with the underprivileged half of the society and I was amazed to see the positivity and eagerness of the children to learn something new at every event. When all the volunteers conducted any activity, the children with their elated faces, joyous smiles and eyes full of liveliness was itself a treat to watch and learn for me..! Some of them are exceptionally talented and a little push from FHI is indeed making a huge difference in their as well as my life…!
From now onwards, I have developed a positive approach while dealing with everyday things in life and this change of perspective in me is undoubtedly because of FHI…! I will conclude by saying…
“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty,
My only response is that I am thankful I have a cup..!
Count on the blessings you have, as you only live once. So many things become so petty,
when we realize how blessed and lucky we are..!”