I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
I have recently completed my training modules for a part time job in the social work field. Having spent all of my adult life to this point in transportation field, this is a big change. I am going from having a great deal of knowledge to knowing very little. This is almost a bit scary.
I recently participated in my shadow visits. I observed a couple of home visits as the experienced consultant conducted the annual reviews. I never realized how much I did not know. It is very humbling. While I have some knowledge in developmental disabilities issues, the shadow visits were to individuals with physical disabilities. The visit reminded me of the phrase "you don't know what you don't know". And it is obvious there is much to learn. I will also be helping those with developmental disabilities as well as the elderly.
I was so focused on my first shadow visit, I didn't even notice my nephew in the room. Talk about a small world, here I am starting a new career and I run into my nephew at my first live home visit.
I am looking forward to the new challenges that await me. I believe that my experiences as a parent will be a great benefit to those that I am going to assist. I think that my interest in seeing the program thrive will be a great asset. When my son hits adulthood, he will be eligible for the program.
I guess it's time to jump in with both feet.