I am blessed, blessed, blessed. I just wanted to say I am blessed. It’s been four months since I graduated from school and three since I passed my boards. Like most newly licensed nurses I received a ton of rejections before I even got a maybe. The funny thing about life is we don’t always get what we want but we are certainly delivered what we need, when we need it. Just in time and after so much support from my other half, friends, family, and professors I received a job offer. While it isn’t the job I dreamed about when I was in school it is a job and more importantly it is a nursing job. I am so excited to enter into the profession and to get everything I can from this stepping stone. I know that in time I will be presented with so many other opportunities but I am ready to live in the present and embrace the one I’ve been given. Many, many thanks to those of you who have been present in my life through it all. It means so much to me to have each and every one be apart of my life. To my other half, I could not have done it without you and I am forever grateful for our partnership and for your encouragement and support. Much love and many thanks.
The fabulous thing about having a personal blog is just that, it’s personal. This means I can write about the things I like, love, and hate. Things that are bothering me. Things that make me happy. Things I am passionate about. Just things. There doesn’t necessarily have to be a rhyme or reason and I certainly don’t owe an explanation for anything. I can just write about whatever, whenever, and however. With that being said please don’t waste time making assumptions…about anything. It ain’t always about me and it ain’t always about you.
It’s amazing to know you have someone in your corner ready to boost your confidence, build up your courage, and support your moves but what happens when this person is supporting something that shouldn’t necessarily be supported? Let’s say something that may not really be in your best interest but may possibly leave you open to benefit them. Would you rather have full support for your good and bad choices? Or would you rather someone who could support you objectively and tell you when you’re wrong? Unfortunately it’s not always clear what people’s motives are when providing us encouragement and even more so unfortunate that we get so lost that we’ll take it from anyone. Be cautious in who you share your life and troubles with. Not everyone has your best interest at heart. If someone is advising you to quit your job or your marriage or to spend a large amount of money on something think twice about accepting their encouragement and take the time to determine if it’s right for you or right for them. Is it what you wanted to hear or needed to hear? At the end of the day the only person that has to live your life is you so make smart decisions!
I am all about advocating and supporting those who are in need of one or the other but what concerns me is that soooooo much energy has been put into one situation and yet people (men, women, and children of all ages and races) are gunned down every day in our communities and it rarely even reaches the news, let alone becomes a country-wide revolution.
I sat in my car yesterday waiting for my 10 year old to come out of the corner store and watched the folks greeting each other in the street. It was in the upper 70′s which is rare for March in the northeast and so many people were outside to enjoy it. The funny thing about drastic changes in weather is that when they occur you’re bound to witness anything. It was obvious that there are some drug addicts and more than likely drug dealers in this community and even more so evident that this new neighborhood was just like many of the previous neighborhoods we’ve lived in and that it wouldn’t be spared from the violence and crime we’re used to seeing and hearing.
Many of you may not know how I got all that from a change in the weather but those of you who do understand where I’m coming from should also know that I’m aware that any of us could easily become a victim of any crime or altercation that occurs in this neighborhood or any other. This is an unfortunate reality for so many people all over the world and yet too often we just remain silent and numb because we anticipate it.
I love and appreciate the passion that you all have put into supporting this cause and this demand for justice but what about your own communities? Your own children? Would you “snitch”? Would you protest in your own streets? Would you be brave enough to rally against your neighbors? I’m not saying don’t support Trayvon, I’m just saying don’t forget that your own backyards need protecting too.