Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Life

A picture of me in the fire academy

I am doing what I always wanted to do with my life. To some, where I am in my life is just a stepping stone, but to me, its where I'm supposed to be. A friend asked me the other day if I wanted to be more than I am right now? The answer to that is no. I love my life, I love my career, and I love my friends and family. He also asked if I wanted to make more money? Of course the answer to that is yes, but not if it means I have to give up what I'm doing now.

A great deal of people don't understand the desire to serve that most of us as first responders have. To them it is all about class and how much money you have. Money is not the driving force in my life and I hope it never is. To me its about the trust that people put in me because of the uniforms I wear, its the look of relief they have when we walk in the door. Its like they are saying to them selves that things are going to be OK because help is here.

I have seen my share of death and destruction in my ten year career in public safety, but that's not what this job is about. For me its the feeling I get when someones says thank you for saving a loved one, or protecting there property, or just making them more comfortable on there journey to the other side.

If I could change anything it would be to have started down the path I'm on earlier in life. I will never get rich doing what I do, I will probably die younger than most because of the way I have treated my body and the life style I have lived. But right now I think that it is all worth it. At age 31 I have done some pretty cool things and been to some really awesome places and have made a few life long friendships.

Now I'm at a point in my career where I just don't get to do it, but I get to teach it as well. I get to share my experiences with my future coworkers, and hope that they will be able to learn from my mistakes and my success. Whether its teaching at the Fire Academy, instructing my departments cadets, or teaching BLS courses. I can now save lives and property in the field by my own hands or through education and others hands.

I hope I have many more good years ahead of me in my career. I know that if I wake up sore in the morning its because I helped a sick patient down the stairs, or I saved someones property battling a blaze. To me that makes the aches and pains well worth it. Its safe to say my life rocks! JS

Monday, March 22, 2010

really busy

I'm sorry....... I have new girl in my life, working more hours than ever, and heading up a new youth program at work, I'm really busy. I have some great stories to share, and in some free time coming soon I will put some new posts up. Please bear with me! JS

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A stressful week

A wise man once told me that you create your own stress. That being said, I'm glad today is beginning of a new week. Last week my girlfriend and I broke up, got back together and broke up again. I know that I miss her like crazy but I think it was still the right decision. My mom went into have her hip replaced, after a few days in the hospital she was released and is doing very well. I lost my alpha pager and had to put some money into my truck to keep it on the road. While all this was going on I was developing a cadet program for the fire department that we are launching on Wednesday..... Well I survived and I hope I don't create anymore stress for myself... JS