During my second service year with Volunteer Maryland I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. I got to know two of their AmeriCorps members well, and on the last day that I volunteered we took a longer than usual lunch. I think it ended up being two hours of talking about our plans for after our service years, our memories from our service year, and yes, even our hopes and dreams. When our construction crew leader checked what time it was, he told us that he couldn’t tell us to get back to work, but (jokingly) yelled at us to “Get back to service!”
When I think back on the good times and the rough times of my service years, and I start to think that it was the best “job” I’ve ever had, I give myself a mental check in the construction manager’s voice. Every job after AmeriCorps is only going to be as good as I can make it. There’s only one thing to do, and that’s to get back to service.