When you get to a certain age, I think that it is a fairly common phenomenon to feel that you want to put something "back" into your community.
I have a friend that wants to train as a magistrate. Another became a school governor. My sister organised a community Flower Show when she approached middle age and my father threw himself into Prestatyn Town Council life with a gusto when he was in his forties....
Perhaps it is a time when you start to look outwards?
Or it could just be that for many middle age, is a time when kids fly the nest
Whatever the motivation
All I know, is that it happens.
Tonight I go to an " open evening" for volunteers at The Samaritans . I had an interview at our local branch last year, but missed the induction because of work, so I was pleased that the powers that be remembered my application and asked me to attend the workshop tonight.
What is the motivating factor for this seemingly altruistic change of direction , I hear you ask? Well the answer may surprise you.... It's not a throwback to my psychiatric nursing days... It's not ( and I am sure about this) just a " look at me...what a lovely person I am" kind of moment....it is , in fact, just a logical step for me to utilise some established skills and give something back to a society which to my slightly cosseted sensibilities, can look occasionally very bleak indeed.
A couple of hours " work" a week.....is nothing much to ask. ....is it?