Dear Journey Group,

We are halfway through the PFO year and I wanted to share about the journey so far, what I’ve learned, and how PFO has impacted me. There are no words to effectively communicate how grateful I am that I was able to find and join Playing for Others. Never before has anything so greatly affected the way I view myself and others. I have always been generally shy and doubtful of my capabilities. I was never quite sure what others thought of me and what I thought of others. Expanding my comfort zone was not only something I didn’t want to do, it was something I didn’t know how to do. After just a few months of being in PFO, I would like to think that most of that has changed. I am much more willing to give myself the room I need to take risks and make changes. I’m a lot more confident in my capability to try, even if I’m unsuccessful. Best of all, I’ve found myself being more accepting and welcoming of others into my life and being comfortable around them. The Lifetalks I’ve had the privilege to hear these past months have absolutely transformed the way I experience even the simplest events in life. Additionally, I have of course had an amazing amount of fun with my committee and with my buddy, Martha. Getting to spend my weekends with such positive, unique people has been such a pleasure. The people I have met through this organization have taught me more about life in a few months than I had previously learned in fifteen years. I am so excited to keep learning. Though I am sad that half of the PFO year has already come and gone, I am eagerly awaiting the next half waiting just on the horizon. Overall, I just wish that I have been able to convey the immense amount of gratitude that I hold for having been able to be a part of Playing for Others. I certainly hope that I’ve soaked up some of the incredible energy that seems to follow PFO around like clouds and that I am able to share it with others.

In gratitude,
Sophie