Universal Matters

Universal Matters

          What brought me to the point where I am now, living in a vast cosmopolitan city of Italy, dates back probably to 2016. By that time I had already explored some parts of the world with my travels, including Italy, tasted life in the United States of America and England, and here I was back again to one of the three small Baltic states, my home country Lithuania, wondering what’ll be the next challenge I will face. I wanted it. But it didn’t come fast and it was truly uneasy to adjust again to a much slower pace of life back there where I grew up, within the population of the whole country a few times smaller than of those cities I’ve lived. I think when you start traveling, detect what it feels like to get comfortable being out of comfort zone, there’s just no way back to where you were before it all began. But, even though slowly, the right time came: I searched and discovered a couple nongovernmental organizations in Vilnius (Lithuanian capital), in which I took part first as a volunteer and later as an employee. It seemed then that a door to an entirely new unfamiliar world to me has been opened with a bunch of philanthropic people behind it with their mindsets so humble yet unrestricted that it felt as if some new dimension was added to my reality. What was the most important and impressive that those people were concerned not only about their own society and its’ problems, but also the world’s, especially the youth, our future, by writing and managing large projects based on non-formal education methods, collaborating with other countries, getting involved into synergies, creating the type of space of learning where no one was an outsider and had an access to it if only carried the slightest personal interest and motivation. With my work there I saw first-hand how young people truly broaden their horizons, boost self-esteem and employability, create friendships that stretch beyond the national borders and last throughout the years (I am my own example, first and foremost). It’s the type of maturity that really never fades from newly shaped or strengthened personalities – our memory, consciousness, heart. (altro…)