Sometimes it can be the smallest of things that make you realise just how much your life has changed over the past few weeks, months or even years. For me this came in the form of a phone call last week with my Team v YNC.
But lets rewind a little so that this makes more sense to you all. Put simply – I used to HATE talking on the phone. I don’t even like talking to my family on the phone. I think it is the immediate response, that you must react to what the other person is saying straight away. You can’t see their reaction or have time to think about what you’ve just said and how it has been received by them.
The thought of talking on the phone has never been a happy one for me. Nor was the idea or talking in public, in front of anyone, even a small group. But as part of Team v, and life in general, these are things I HAVE to develop if I want to become a more confident and happier person. So that is exactly what I am doing 🙂
Last week I spoke to my YNC for half an hour on the phone. A whole 30 minutes (and 16 seconds… it’s those little seconds that all added up!) of talking about the campaign and asking each other how we were. It was the first time that I can ever remember being so excited waiting for a phone call as I couldn’t wait to share the happy news of my campaign. Once the phone call was over I had the biggest smile on my face. Not only did I achieve my personal goal of being able to have a proper telephone conversation without being a big mess of nerves but I was happy and reasonably confident whilst doing so.
Then yesterday I met with the development worker for Stoke on Trent’s Boys Brigade. They run a local youth session for young carers and I knew we would be able to work together on this ‘Do You Care?‘ campaign. Our meeting went really well and I think I was able to talk more clearly than I did when I met with Stoke on Trent Foodbank in my first campaign (Beyond a Tin of Food).
I have challenged myself this campaign more than ever. I will be running workshops which involve talking in front of 5o Year 7 students, running events at a Sixth Form, my local YCMA and two Youth clubs where I will be talking to many young people and I will also be speaking on a local Radio station early in March.
This is basically a long winded way of saying that personal achievements can come in all shapes and sizes. Remember that they are all important to firstly recognise and secondly, to celebrate.
If you want things to change then you firstly have to decide that you are ready to allow yourself to feel vulnerable. Yes, it is incredibly scary, I’m not going to lie to you. But I promise you it is so worth it – always. Decide that you want to throw yourself at all those little things that scare you, one at a time. To all of the Team v leaders, I know that things may not always go according to plan but always remember you are amazing and we’re all achieving so much 🙂
I believe that if we all take a moment to look back on how much you’ve personally grown over the past year then you will amaze yourselves. So what’s stopping you? Do it now 🙂