Been a bit slack... well, my brain has been a little fried! I'll likely be a bit here and there this week - got lots of real life shit going on (all good! all good!)
Did the course over the weekend and learnt soooo much. There are so many interesting people in this world - at face value you might make assumptions but talking to them people you find they are truly loving, generous, caring people! Overall, I was quite overwhelmed - similar to when you quit one job to change direction. I was feeling quite apprehensive - questioning whether or not I was capable.
Yesterday morning I got to do my first rescue! It was a little turtle who was sitting in the middle of the road. He didn't need rescuing... more just picking up and dropping off, but it was officially my first rescue. He was a very cute Eastern Long Neck (I used to have one as a pet - Jands has a couple, I think?).
While I was at my coordinators place, she showed me a joey that she is currently fostering. Oh MY GOD! It was so fucking adorable! Didn't have all it's fur yet and lives in a pouch hanging on a stand in her living room. The mum was likely hit by a car, then when found someone checked in her pouch and *voila* a little pink baby kangaroo orphan.
I'm thinking I'd like to foster one of these little dudes! Any macropods actually! Anyways... back to the co-ordinator...
I spoke to her for a while and get this... The woman works not just one, but two jobs... She is studying to be a Vet Nurse... Then she volunteers as a full time carer and rescuer (plus she does the training for new members)... On top of that she is an Emergency Service (SES) volunteer... Plus she is a Rural Fire Service volunteer!
Why is it that some people can give so much... and others so little? Seems to be a great imbalance. Fuck! I'm no saint... not at all! And before this, I've done pretty much zero (donated to charity and have a sponsor child - which I guess is still more than some). I'm actually not sure why I've never done anything before... perhaps a little scared... maybe too lazy (for sure) or I thought it would take time I'd rather be doing something else with.
The thing is most volunteer services are in need and every little bit helps. It doesn't have to involve a shitload of money or time. And it doesn't have to be left to the woman who already works two jobs, three volunteer services, studies, fosters animals and has a family.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, seriously think about what you can do, however small, to make this world a better place. Then.... do it! On a rather selfish note... you'll get back waaaaay more than you put in!
Tomorrow, I'll get off my high horse and bring you our regularly scheduled R rated program.