Jinx Rambles About Dreams And Being A Product of Your Environment. 

First of all, I apologize for my absence. Last year I hardly blogged any, I would say I was just busy with life. But truth isI do a lot of my blogging at night, and I like to be in bed by nine because I have to get up and work at 5 o’clock in the morning. I will just not have the energy to sit in front of a laptop and type away, let alone trying to gather my thoughts to write something effective.but I’m going to do is use the speech to text thing and hopefully be able to give me my thoughts without rambling too much.

What I want to talk today is about dreams. I fortunately can say I’ve reached my dream being 28 yrs old on this Earth. Everybody does it, but some people gave up dreaming. Saying dreams are exactly that, dreams. Somewhere along their journey, life dealt them a bad card. In which, halt them or maybe even stop them in their tracks. It sucks talking to these people. I’m the kinda person that want to see everyone achieve what they want because this world is harsh, but yet can be so beautiful and we only guaranteed one shot at this called life. 

Majority of those people say they’re a product of their environment, and that’s why they won’t ever reach their dreams. For example, being a African American I can understand how our youth can get wrapped in what’s mainstream. Trying to reach a lifestyle only the %1 get a chance to enjoy, and they get all caught up with gang banging and drug dealing and before they know they’re 18 and get locked up. Let’s fast forward 10 years later. This kid is now 28 and he took his gf on a romantic city air tour. The man finally get a taste of something he wants to do, but wait he can’t because let’s be honest no one is going to hire a pilot with a record. Now I’m not saying that he didn’t deserve the charges. The law is the law. I just hate how people dreams are tarnish before they can even get a chance to realize what their dreams are and work towards them. With all of that being said I do believe there’s a lot of truth behind that quote. 

I grew up in a small town of Lacombe, Louisiana. My environment was a country upbringing. I was a bayou boy. I’ll spend all my extra time fishing, hunting, exploring the woods if I wasn’t at school or at football practice. I mentor young kids from the inner city, and at times of course it’s hard for me to relate. I just do my best and always try too tell these kids it’s so important to go out of their environment and see something new. Spend money that they have on adventures, and different stuff that interest them.
What do you dream about? And how that’s going for you? Also, do you believe in that you’re a product of your environment?

This is a crappie post. Lol. But I need to start posting regularly again. 

Passing The Torch: Mentoring The Younger Generation

It seems like the older you get the faster life moves, and if you get busy you can lose track of that time. Sometimes I really have to sit down and tell myself that I’m 26 years old. Most of the times, I honestly feel like I’m not over 25, and that can be from everyone telling me I don’t look older than 22. When we are young we often to look up to others for answers, which usually a role model, or a mentor. A mentor can be someone you know or don’t know personally. The question is: How do you react when you become that certain role model to someone?

For those that don’t know, I work full time in a lab helping Dr. Bennett and sometimes helping other Dr’s with their current research at the uni. A job that I landed around August of last year. At the same time, I’m attending grad school. Between working with individuals with a higher education level and grad school studies I’m just trying to absorb everything I can from them. Recently, I’ve been assigned two undergrads to follow me as part of their internship. The realization hit me pretty quick. I didn’t get a say so about these two, but now I’m the source they’re looking to sponge information from about their careers. Dr. Bennett ask me how it was going, and for the most part it’s been pretty smooth. I never been in a mentor position in a field that means everything to me. Then there’s my little sub section in my Army National Guard unit. Recently, I received a positive counseling statement for going “beyond” my duties to help new soldiers in the unit. It’s something I take pride in knowing that I can help others with my experience. For others out there you may have to obtain this role much earlier than I had too. You may come from a household that required you to grow up quickly because of certain circumstances.

Whatever the situation, it’s natural for us to slide into the roles whether it’s welcomed or not. We should all strive to be a positive influence to somebody. You may hear athletes or someone say being a role model isn’t in their job description and that’s true, but you hold the power to change someone outlook on life. A small speech here, or attendance there can change someone you interact with for the better. A small amount of your time can make a difference. It may just even mold you to being a better person. The most precious resource is another living being. They have the capacity to become our future doctors, lawyers, etc. No matter what background they come form.

As a researcher, it’s reality that we may never see the fruition of our current research. It’s a selfless community. I will most likely won’t be alive to reap the benefits of a world where we can grow any organ, transradial prosthesis that functions like a real limb, treatments that allow the disabled to be able again, and the science to boost the human lifespan to 100+ years. Like the older guys here, I will do what I can and mentor the young, and pass the torch for them to continue when I’m not able too. As people, we should carry the same selfless attitude. Help others find their way. One day they might be that doctor, and may surpass you in terms of financial wealth, but to me you will receive something more valuable than money. You helped someone that is now taking care of a community.

So whether it’s your kids, cousin, coworker, community, or a nation just know that someone is watching you. They may not tell you, but your actions can dictate how they form as a person.