I believe there are many things you do in life without thinking of the actions, such as Dr. Quist-Adade’s experience of planting the cocoa beans. I’m sure when he planted them he was just doing what he was told with his aunt and uncle, and never thought at the time that one day people all over the world would be using his cocoa beans that he had planted.
My experiences are a little different than that though. I love to volunteer, I feel it is a big eye opener and every time I volunteer, if it is small or big it somehow impacts me and changes me as a person. I have been very fortunate, and have had the opportunities to travel a lot. My mother is from Mexico, and all of her family lives there, and I go there about every two years or every year to visit. Every time I am there it is a new experience, but every time I am there I do some sort of volunteering. I have given away a lot of my clothes to young children who wear sweaters and pants in 40 degree weather. I have given food to families on the streets who are selling bracelets for 10 cents to survive, or young children selling packs of gum for 10 cents. I have also been to Sweden with my soccer team. While playing there we found a Kenyan team and we ended up being friends with them and at the end we gave them many of our clothes, and gave them soccer balls and went to eat with them. This made me realize things we take for granted everyday they have never experienced in their lives. I remember something so simple such as popcorn they had never had it in their lives, and that just made me realize how lucky I am to live in Canada and have such a great family that gives me great opportunities. So I think my experiences of helping people from third world countries have impacted me in so many ways, more than anything else ever could.