When I was a kid, I played in lots of sports. My parents were big believers in organized sports as a way to keep kids out of trouble. Since I tended to find them fun, I, for the most part, happily went along with it. Looking back, I had no idea how much time people freely gave in order for me to have all these opportunities. I didn’t appreciate the gift that these teachers and coaches gave me of their time and knowledge. Now, however, I do realize how very generous they were. And, since I’m now an adult, I think that it’s my turn. I’ve made monetary donations in the past to various organizations. But now, it’s time for me to give more back. I’ve been very lucky to have so many opportunities and I think that I now have something that I can offer people. So I need to decide what to do.

I have volunteered coaching kids in the past and was ok at it. The problem with this, is that I have been known to be a complete jerk when I compete. This is why, I basically don’t compete anymore. I don’t like myself very much when I am absorbed in the idea of “beating” someone. Now, I like to participate in more collaborative things. So, I’m thinking that maybe I should volunteer to teach something. I just met with someone from the Chicago Public Library Foundation tonight and might be able to work something out with them. This seems to be ideal. As soon as I get some time, I’m going to see about coming up with something that I could teach that might interest people.

Sorry for this being so poorly written. It was just something that I was thinking about and wanted to get down before I forgot. This was written in one shot and should probably be edited, but I don’t have the time right now.