Many people know that Thomas Moon, me, is a motivational speaker, author, blogger and advocate but did you know what I do to make this world a better places?
I am involved in many different charities and causes including American Cancer Society, involving disabilities and children, adoption, foster care and more.
I am often asked Why, I do so much in the community. What drives me to volunteer?
One answer is that I see the need. It is right in front of me and it is hard for me to ignore it. There is so much to do out there.
Secondly, I grew up being told I could not do. When I was in foster care everyone told me I could not do. Teachers told me I was mentally retarded and that I was too stupid to learn.
Foster parents told me I could not do what the other kids in the foster home did. I was usually stuck in the corner to watch TV. I was like a bump on a log – literally – stuck in the corner and left alone.
So when I left the foster care system, when I joined a family – opportunities opened up for me. I was allowed to do – I was encouraged to. My parents did not put limits or boundaries on me. So I started doing.
Now I guess I do so much because I was told so often that I could not do. I was told I would not learn anything – that I could not learn anything. Now I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Rasmussen College – not a made up degree, not a degree because someone felt sorry for the kid in the wheelchair – but a real Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management – something I earned and had to work my butt off and study for.
I volunteer because I can – because instead of being the kid stuck in the corner – now I am the adult who can help and make a difference. That is so very important to me. To make a difference. To help those who need help. To be the voice for so many who can’t speak out for themselves or are not heard.”
One of my events coming up is the Third Annual Strike Against Cancer. Come and support the Strike Against Cancer event on April 5th at AMF Galaxy East in Ocala! Call TJ Moon at 352-502-5994 for more information.
Remember that no matter how many obstacles you come across, people try to tell you what you can/can’t do, you fall on your face, etc, keep squeaking your wheels and moving forward because no one can make your life extraordinary except you!