“Experiencing inAtalent, volunteer perspective – Meha Gaba

Walking towards the building, I opened the door as a few elderly folks smiled at me. I waved back and continued towards the front desk where we signed in. Making our way to the activity room, where a large audience was awaiting us, butterflies flew through my stomach. What if they don’t like me? I thought. What do I do if they judge? Opening the door to a room filled with rows of chairs, a piano, and a clear performance space, I anticipate the show with anxiety and a little dread. But as soon as I pick up the microphone and begin to speak eloquently and sing clearly, all worries fall away. I can see how the audience enjoys all of our talents, and find that all I have to do is show up to bring out the smiles on their faces and the twinkling of their eyes. Child after child becomes confident enough to share themselves with the world, and senior after senior compliments and encourages. This is inAtalent. We voluntarily take time out of our lives to share with the community, and get so much more in return. 

Thank you so much,

Meha Gaba

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