When I retired in 2012 and moved to Pennsylvania, I kept telling my friends this would be my time of giving back. I started volunteering at a therapeutic riding center near my home. Started learning Reiki, something I had wanted to do since my twenties. Volunteered at the local Food Pantry and a local Humane Society. I even offered my Reiki services to the senior citizen facility in town but they weren’t keen on the “new age” stuff.
Over time I cut down on my activities. Cleaning a litter box the size of a kiddie pool at the Humane Society “cat” house did a number on my asthma. The local Food Pantry had so many volunteers we kept stepping all over ourselves. I still volunteer at the therapeutic riding center on a lot of different levels. I’m doing my Reiki healing thing often for little or no compensation. If someone needs an energy blast, I will oblige. Things have died down now to a dull roar. So I guess I am actively giving back or really paying it forward. But they are totally different concepts, I think. I didn’t give it much thought until now.