Personal Essay: Why I Want To Help Others?

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For as long as I can remember, I have always had a desire to help others in any way that I can. This desire is likely due to my strong empathy and other values such as kindness, courage, acceptance, understanding, tolerance, and optimism. One of my earliest memories about wanting to help others occurred after 9/11 when I was six years old. I had a desire to set up a lemonade stand at the end of my driveway to raise money to buy teddy bears for the children who lost their parents in the attack. Even though I was so young, and likely did not understand what happened, I knew that children were sad and I wanted to help make them happier. Even though the goal was not very achievable, my drive to help others feel happier has not changed. As I grew older, my desire to help others grew more complex such as standing up for minority groups such as the LGBTQ+ community. Growing up, I heard stories about my uncles who passed away from AIDS shortly before I was born. Since they were a gay couple living with AIDS in the 80’s and 90’s, they were treated horribly. In order to break down the stigma of AIDS being the “gay disease”, my maternal uncle traveled around Idaho to educate the public on AIDS. Even though I never met him, I admire his courage to stand up…show more content…
This could be done through free community classes. It could also be done by teaching short lessons on outlets such as the news in order to reach as many people as possible. Hopefully, when the stigma starts to break down, funding will start to be properly recognized. Furthermore, It would help more people see that they are not alone with their mental illness and further increase their strength to fight through it, even if their strength is only increased by an inch. Such a strategy may seem like a lost hope, but every battle has to start from somewhere, even if the step is

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