So, a lot has happened the past two years and like many people, you end up looking back thinking "Man, I never saw that one coming!". Two years ago, I would have thought it was a joke if you told me that I would not be in medical school but rather challenging myself to start a non-profit at the worst economic time in history. I always manage to take on these uphill tasks. Aside from the non profit, I just love challenges in general. I see them as bench-presses for your spirit and the opportunity to grow. Of course, they are so entirely uncomfortable, but they also remind you, you are alive...so here I am, 26 and trying to make a difference through my non profit, Embraced. Embraced sets up bins in doctors offices, gyms, therapy clinics etc to collect crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, braces, etc. We then inventory and redistribute this equipment to individuals in need- both locally and globally.
I have decided to blog about Embraced because it is essentially my baby. I have birthed this creature and thus far has been the biggest joy- filled with hilarious moments, sad moments, scary moments, "oh my god, I feel like I am going to throw up and have a nervous breakdown all at the same time" moments and every other possible emotion you could imagine. While I feel vulnerable exposing that I simply don't have all the answers to everything and also struggle, it is also nice sharing with others, that I too, am human ;) I laugh at how silly this sounds. It is so normal to not know the answer to everything, yet, why is it so unacceptable to admit it- why is it seen as a sign of weakness and that somehow people will now think you are not a leader? Maybe my honesty will make others doubt my capabilities, but I hope rather it teaches me as well as others the wonderful lesson of humility. Regardless of what illusion of strength or weakness this projects, I am simply trying to make a difference.
Initially, I really did not want a non-profit. Yep, that is right. I wanted to be a doctor. But, when I found out how much perfectly good and usable equipment gets thrown away while people in need literally sit idle because they don't have something as basic as crutches, I could not turn my head. I wanted to, Ill admit it. It is so easy to just ignore a problem and brush it off saying "yeah, maybe I will do that when I am established..." . Which, I respect those that will do something when they are established, but I just tend to subscribe to the "now and here" mentality. Even though I am 26, there is no guarantee I will be here for a set amount of time.
Not to get morbid- I just think that life is so much richer when you subscribe to the mentality of "carpe diem".
I hope that this series of blogs do not come off as arrogant as if the world should pay ME attention because I (in a long exaggerated cadence) am doing something to help others....I just hope to accomplish a few simple things from this story telling experience. First, I hope to inspire others to find their passion- whatever it may be. I hope that through my mess-ups, my raw honesty about all the road bumps and crap that happens, that maybe you will find that "it ain't easy for anyone" and that will help and give you comfort when following your passion becomes, well, uncomfortable. Secondly, I hope to poke fun and find the humor, the joy and the beauty of this struggle. This is more of a selfish motivation, but I think that through sharing this journey, I will be able to give myself a break, relax and recollect on the time. And lastly, as cliche or however "Jack-Handy-like" as it may sound, I really hope that by reading this plethora of babel that maybe, just maybe, you can manage to deduce something and whatever that something may be, that somehow, someway it manages to make you feel a stronger, deeper, connection and appreciation to humanity. Happy reading.