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People will be jubilant over seeing their families and friends. People will be jubilant over their accomplishment. People will be jubilant over rejoicing experience. So do I. Remembering a rejoicing experience that make me jubilant, it happened last summer. It would be a long story, but it will be very appreciated if you read it all.
It began from me seeing an advertisement in an email from TOMS…
There was an advertisement about volunteering Los Angeles Special Olympics World Game 2015, which it somehow caught my eyes and aspired me to give it a try. It was March at the time.
I’m just an ordinary teen who sat at home and did nothing, how could I begin with this? I researched on Google of this as I didn’t have any knowledge about Special Olympics. We heard Olympics all the time, but Special Olympics, “What is that?”. After giggling couples websites, I found out the Special Olympics Organization in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, I decided to make a call to begin with my application process.
It wasn’t as easy as I expected, the officer on the phone noticed me that I need to have a bunch of documents to handle, training to participate and experiencing of volunteering disabled groups in order to become a volunteer of the Special Olympics World Game.
“Umm… It’s time to give up.” I put down my phone, look at the commercial once again, hesitated, fortunately, I had given up the thoughts of giving up. I told myself that I need to grow up, and do something big, nothing big is easy, it should be a good experience.
Following the guidance, contacting the HKSO back and forth, I finally got done with my documents. Then, I began to fill out the application form of the LASO World Game 2015 on around April. There were a lot of stuffs to fill in, including what were my professional abilities. Apparently, nothing much.
There were around 30,000 applicants all over the world and they claimed on the website that only people who were over 18 and held professional skills would be chosen first as their volunteers, which implied that my possibilities to become one of them were tiny as sand on a beach.
Yet, I didn’t feel frustrated at the time and I noticed everybody that I were going to give it a try. I was glad that most of my friends support me, but my parents were kind of opposing it as they need to pay more to change my flight ticket dates and for my expenses in the states if I really became a volunteer.
At this point, I need to complain that the Special Olympics Organization work exceptionally slow, probably because I got used to efficient life in Hong Kong. Within April to July, they replied my email like once in a month which made my status being unconfirmed and I didn’t know when to adjust my schedule and prepare for it.
When July came, the end of my last school year in Hong Kong was finished. I skipped my school’s swimming gala to volunteer in two swimming competitions of Special Olympics in Hong Kong, to fulfill my requirements of having experience on helping out the disabled groups. The events were long and dull, but it was jubilant when I saw all the smiling of the athletes who dedicated themselves in the competitions and earned what they want. It’s really encouraging for me.
In the morning of July 10, which is a day I could never forget, I received the email from LASO that noticed my application was being accepted. I was so thankful for this opportunity and what God has planned for me throughout the past few months. This lesson taught me that never say never, as sometimes you would get something that you didn’t expect of.
I got my schedule around 7-8 days before my work schedule, and I flew to Los Angeles on 20th July. The journey was tough, but it was meaningful and was a worthy lifetime experience.
Although I was yelled by coaches for belated transportation for a lot of times during volunteering, it was really touching when you saw all those athletes smiling face when they saw and appreciate the effort of volunteers. It was also jubilant to see there were tones of people in the world who would like to help on another, there was love in the world.
Seeing the jubilant athletes and coaches was one my best memories in my life, what’s yours ?
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