Alpha and omega

There is always a beginning. There is always an ending. My hope is that everything I do between those two points makes a difference.

In 2009, an article was published in the APA GradPsych Magazine called Uncle Sam Still Wants You. In that article, several active duty psychologists and graduate students were interviewed about military psychology and some of the reasons students are not pursuing this sub-specialty. At the time, I was a first year graduate student and one of the interviewees. My desire nearly a decade ago was to work with children of active duty members who were experiencing deployments. Only recently did I become aware of the many possibilities of working for the military without being an active duty member myself. And nearly a decade ago, when I was interviewed for the above mentioned article, I never would have imagined that I would actually be a Pediatric Psychologist for the military.

We all have a beginning and we all have an end. It is what happens between those points that are critical to our existence. As I drove home Thanksgiving night 2018, I reflected on just how many great people I have in my life. I have never lived in the same state, let alone the same city, as my friends.

But every move I make, I've been blessed with beautiful souls who befriend me, welcome me into their homes and families, and confirm that I am never alone. The African proverb "it takes a village to raise a child" is certainly true. But it also takes a village to live this life. My village is dope. Whether you were there in 1987, 2012, or currently, know that your impact has been branded into my heart and mind and will always be cherished.

In 2009, when I was beginning my doctoral program, I never would have imagined that I would be where I am today. There were many high points and just as many low points. But with the uplifting of my village, everything between alpha and omega is making a difference.

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