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posted 4/17/2011 2:31:24 AM |
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  ShadowMale

Things change, inevitably, and the world moves on. I was recently thinking of the past, reminiscing in my own head, about how different things were only 3 or 4 years ago. I thought about the person I was at that time, and how I compare to who I am now. Then, I was a well networked, social keystone. People asked me what I was doing in order to base what they were going to do on. I was the beacon that guided others in their night life. Such is the norm when you're a night club employee. Bouncing on weekends turned me into a template of which others would follow as though I was the Bible. The bible of clubbing at any rate.

At the time, I was high on life, always ready to party, and never willing to back down. The bouncer in me would never let me. Mine you at the same time, my day job was that of an information technology professional. A computer geek if you will. Two totally different worlds most would agree. But on the weekends, I was a warrior. I had a reputation of being calm and collected when others would lose their cool, yet systematically would dismantle anyone that dared push the limits.

In reality, despite most believing that the two worlds I lived in were far divergent, they were the same. I come from a background of providing results. What results you get depends on the results you need. I was brought up believing that no matter what you are faced with, there is a way to accomplish your goal.

I was raised in an environment where I worked on my own vehicle, and those of my father's work fleet once I got to where I was proficient at it. I worked in his construction company where I carried lumber, built cabinets, laid plumbing, worked with electrical, and whatever else needed to be done. I learned to build a house before I made it to college. I learned to rebuild an engine, and how to rewire a fuel injection system before I made it to college. Before I made it to college, I learned how to learn. Pick up an book and read and it's amazing how much you can learn. I did all this before the internet was wide spread. I did all this before Google was a verb. I did not Google any of it.

When I made it to college, I had the knowledge to build my own house, work on my own vehicle, and fix all my own wiring problems. I could basic programs on a computer, repair most electronic devices, and all this, I learned from books and experience. I did learn things while in college however, do not mistake where I'm going with this. College thought me the value of the internet as a resource, and many things that I had not acquired on my own yet.

So where are you going with this you may ask? Well... I have noticed that people with college degrees, multiple certificates, and actual work experience still lack the skills needed to do the job they are doing. Times have changed. I got into IT because I love working with computers. I find all to often that others got into just because they thought it would make them rich. They can barely install basic programs on their own PC, and are "like totally" amazed when you come through and help them with the most basic IT tasks.

People wonder why our economy is tanking. People wonder why everything we buy is marked "made in China." Wake up America! Until you start teaching your kids to give a damn, this country will continue to decay. It's not just about caring about school, or their job... but the overall quality of life. They have to care about everything. America can't save the world if we can't save ourselves.

However, this isn't a blog disguised as a pep talk. I'm not here to tell you how to run your lives, and how to raise your kids. This blog is about me. It's about how I have grown up, and made that change in my life where I no longer take my life for granted. It's about how I have morphed into the adult that wants to give back to society.

The disappointment, though, is that there are few in this generation that are willing to accept what I have to give. Half a lifetime of achievements and learning, and so few (if any) to pass it on to. Maybe one day.

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Lisa46

Apr 17 @ 8:51AM  
What a wonderful blog. You have said so much in such a small space. I agree totally thank you Shadow for sharing
RevDocLove

Apr 17 @ 9:51AM  
Aieeeee !!!
Gotta give you a big ol' green pile of nutria doodoo for a well written and informative blog
You be makin' yo' Cajuns proud
PeachyKeen

Apr 17 @ 11:31AM  
Half a lifetime of achievements and learning, and so few (if any) to pass it on to
Is this statement in reference to the fact you do not have a person and/or family to share this with in your daily life? If so, it's understandable. However, there are so many people needing the abilities you offer it's mind boggling. I could write a very long list where all of your skills could be utilized, here just a few...

Habitat for Humanity - your building skills are ideal for their purpose in providing decent housing

Boys and Girls Clubs of America - your ability to learn and now teach what you learn, to instill the love of learning and it's advantages awaits millions of young people ready to learn, share and contribute these vital lessons.

National Kidney Foundation - your auto repair skills can restore cars to decent running condition providing transportation for people who need access to a car to go to and from work, take their kids to school, take an aging parent to the doctor, etc.

The point is that your abilities are needed. Look beyond your own backyard... find a cause that interests you, volunteer your time and skills. You just might find someone who feels the same as you do while helping others... how cool is that?!?

A greenie for you.
RJ53

Apr 17 @ 12:13PM  
There are a lot of programs through the schools that need help.

When I was at NYU I spent every Tuesday afternoon in Spanish Harlem teaching writing skills. When my children were in school I taught a Native American studies program every November. Schools always need volunteers for after school programs.

I don't know if they have them in your area, but I am sure there are programs where kids need help with computer skills. A lot of the kids are from disadvantaged families and do not have computers at home and some will likely drop out without a mentor.

A greenie for a well written blog.

ShadowMale

Apr 17 @ 4:55PM  
Is this statement in reference to the fact you do not have a person and/or family to share this with in your daily life? If so, it's understandable. However, there are so many people needing the abilities you offer it's mind boggling.
I have a nephew in which I have passed along some knowledge actually. The blog was more about how I have changed, and now want to give back, and how kids today are less interested in wanting the knowledge. I have met so many that would be perfectly happy wasting away in mommy and daddy's basement, smoking their life away. Why? Because mommy and daddy let them. So in essence, the blog is about the decay of America, from an introspective point of view.

Habitat for Humanity - your building skills are ideal for their purpose in providing decent housing
I did that when I saw younger, and frankly, never want to do it again. I learned these skills, but came to hate them at the same time. Having been years since picking up a hammer other than to hang a picture, this is not my forte at all.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America
I design and build computer systems and networks that help the B&GC in our local area. I also teach computer skills to any that are willing to learn.

I find, however, that a lot of the younger generation are convinced that if you know facebook, and farmville, you're already a computer genuis and therefore no further learning is needed.
sugarnspice005

Apr 17 @ 6:30PM  
Kudo for a well written blog.

I agree, times change, we all change with them. I can remember when typing 40 wpm was considered "fast" because back then we were using electric typewriters and manual typewriters. There was no such thing as word wrap with those, or, spell checker. We had to manually set margins, wasn't software with "point and click".
TwistAndShout

Apr 17 @ 8:37PM  
This blog is about me. It's about how I have grown up, and made that change in my life where I no longer take my life for granted. It's about how I have morphed into the adult that wants to give back to society.

The disappointment, though, is that there are few in this generation that are willing to accept what I have to give. Half a lifetime of achievements and learning, and so few (if any) to pass it on to. Maybe one day.

For as long as I've been working, a common theme has been to hear coworkers complaining that communication in the organization is poor. Inevitably, they mean that other people aren't communicating with them. They rarely consider that their own communication might be part of the problem.

When you're mentoring a kid, you start with their interests and build bit by bit from there. If you start with "Listen up kid, this'll help you get farther in life" it almost never works. Instead you sit down with them, figure out what is important to them, and then show them something that lets them do more with it. Do that two or three times and they get the idea.

The ones who are motivated in the same way you were don't really need you. It's the other ones that do, and they're the ones you have to connect with first.
ladybootscooter

Apr 17 @ 9:30PM  
Great blog! Thanks for sharing! Shiny green thingy for you too!

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