It seems my entire life I’ve been in the business of helping people, only this time it is not a job, it’s a life path.
It Starts Here
I am second generational American, born to Dominican parents who came to this country seeking a better life and a better future for their children (they are the first generation, proudly naturalized American citizens). Growing up, I had everything a kid could ask for, my parents were loving, my family was close knit—we had fun together.
The Eye of the Storm
I was the first person in my immediate family to go to college and grad school. You might say life was good. I had a plan and I was executing it seamlessly. In my first year of grad school I got a call that changed my life forever. My father was dying. One minute everything was fine and the next I’m in the eye of the storm.
Struggling to process my feelings and losing my sense of purpose in life, I entered a dark hole of complacency, oblivion and numbness. Feelings were too much to bare and I lost my way.
The End of one Road and the Start of Another
Something fundamental in me changed with the passing of my father. It was as if the transient nature of life was revealed to me for the first time. And this brought up the most basic questions of them all, “Am I living the life I want to live? Am I happy? Am I fulfilled in life?” When its all over, whether that’s tomorrow or in fifty years, I want to look back and be able to say, this was the life I wanted for myself. This is my wish for myself and for us all. It seems my entire life I’ve been in the business of helping people, only this time it is not a job, it’s a life path.
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