While an overall theme of Christmas is being kind to one another, some believe that should happen any time of year.
Rudelle Crowley has spent almost every day living that same message. She started as a volunteer for the VNA of Northwest Indiana and eventually became the volunteer coordinator there for 17 years. Now, even in retirement, she continues to do her part to give back as a volunteer.
“I have worked with so many people over the years, it has been great,” Crowley said.“I just felt like this was what I was meant to do. I enjoy helping people. It is a great feeling to help impact someone's life in a positive way.”
Crowley manages to find some time to relax, but still maintains there isn't nearly enough time for everything she wants to do.
“People think that retired life is all about rest and relaxation, but that’s not the case for me,” Crowley said.“I have enjoyed some of my time off, but sometimes I feel busier than when I was working full time. I wouldn't change anything about my life right now, though. I love it.”
As a volunteer at VNA of Northwest Indiana, Crowley mainly helps with fundraising and other events. She is also working with the Indiana Guardianship program.
“Getting a chance to volunteer is such a selfless thing,” Crowley said.“I hope that these programs will continue to grow and we can keep helping as many people as we can.”
Despite the busy volunteer work, Crowley has still taken time to enjoy some R&R, such as traveling to see her family in California and Texas. But the travel bug hasn’t bitten her that hard.
“We have such a beautiful home. I love getting the chance to wake up here every day now,” Crowley said.“This is such a friendly town. There are so many events and opportunities for everyone here. Some people may regret growing old, but I certainly don't.”
For Crowley, no matter what retirement holds, it all comes back to one main philosophy.
“It’s so important that we are kind and take care of one another,” Crowley said.“If you see a door that needs opening for someone, jump in front and open it. It is the right thing to do.”