The End of Rotaract Life … The Beginning of Something New
“Welcome to the club Wayne!” was a common greeting all day on my recent 30th birthday. While I expected it it still struck a chord with me about how my life will change in the coming year. For the past few years I’ve called each new year a chapter in my life. Just a few weeks ago I started chapter 30 and oh what exciting changes are in store! As is customary, our time in Rotaract ends at year 30 and with that comes a new reality on top of the anxious days and years ahead as I now declare myself a true adult based on my age paper. There is no turning back at this point.
I near the end of my Rotaract life but it will also be a celebration of things to come. Rotary is just around the corner and like many I am growing increasingly excited to see what that next stage in Rotary will be like. Sure, I will miss my Rotaract family but in hindsight I will not be leaving the family of Rotary; that comforts me.
Chapter 30 is an accomplishment in and of itself. Regrettably, we have to cheer even louder these days when we hit this milestone with all that is happening around us. I have been a Rotaractor for four years, two of them with NKRC. Never did I think that this ride would be so enriching and exciting! When I returned home in 2015 and approached Rtn. Donair about joining Rotary, he immediately steered me in direction of NKRC and as they say, “the rest is history”. NKRC is now rooted in who I am. I speak proudly and boldly about this extended family because you are a part of me. The work we do intertwines with my hope for my community, my country and my world on so many levels.
Year 30 brings with it a time to reflect and introspect. Yes, I have an unlimited list of things to be thankful for. And yes, I expect/hope that they will continue into the future. Now that my time with NKRC is fast coming to an end, do I fear the change that will come with it? Absolutely. Am I more afraid of the ‘letter’? Actually, no. My fear is that I will have to re-adjust to a new family. But with anything new comes the usual anxiety. Thankfully, NKRC has been transitioning members consistently to Rotary over the years. I am assured that it will not be a completely new experience nor will I be alone. The hands have already been outstretched and I am excited to grab hold and enjoy the experience.
Change is the only constant in life we’ve been told but yet we often resist it. My remaining few months as an official member of NKRC will be used to wrap my mind around this new journey that is ahead. I am ready to ask for the keys to Club 30 and own it like it was willed to me but I am anxious to leave the friends I have come to know, love and appreciate. But I will not resist change. To the many new and exciting experiences ahead, I stand tall, hold my glass high and toast the Rotaract Club of New Kingston. You are a part of, and will always be a part of, who I am. I am a proud Rotaractor for life. That will never change (unless Sec’y send RI the letter too … LOL).
Cheers to NKRC