What do you do when your passion becomes your job? When your only hobby becomes your entire life? That is the dilemma I have been faced with since starting my job here in DC. I’ve always used politics as something to talk about with friends and a way to escape from the daily woes of Economics problem sets. However, now that I’m in this political world all day, everyday, I really need a little break every once in a while. Hence, I need a new hobby. Unfortunately the real world isn’t as simple as college, where you can just look online at a list of 200+ clubs to join. So I thought about what else I was passionate about, looked into a few online options, and finally signed up to volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation’s Northern Virginia Kidney Walk!
Anyone who knows me knows that this issue hits close to home for me, so I was really excited to be able to help out even in the smallest way! I was assigned to be a route Marshall which basically just meant sitting at one area of the route and directing people…but it was cool because you actually got to see the walkers right when they were all starting. Then I moved to the finish line to cheer people on as they came in from the walk. It was such a small task, but really I’m just glad I got to be there!
Overall, it was an awesome experience. It being the first time I’ve ever really addressed the issue in public, I got super emotional during it. Just seeing all the heroic donors and super-healthy back-to-normal recipients walking was so encouraging and inspiring! I’m hoping I’ll be around for the DC area walk next month, and maybe I can even get involved in other ways as well!
And as an added bonus, after the walk I had a little extra time to explore Reston Town Center – which is AWESOME! All my favorite stores in one place…but it’s outside! Perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon!
So find something you’re interested in and get involved! Now that it’s nice out, there’s no excuse to sit home and watch movies all weekend!