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Important Work

I’ve been struggling a lot recently with the importance of my work. When I read about people like Mark Lilly, who turned an old school bus into a traveling farmer’s market, I admire that he saw a need and it was important enough to him that he dedicates his life to it. Because of people like him, I feel like I should be doing something much more important. I have my toe dipped into two worlds where there is a lot of important work to be done- the environment and special needs children. I dream of making all natural or organic baby products more available to those of limited means.  But I also dream of helping families with children newly diagnosed with special needs navigate the bridge between working and staying home and figuring out how to juggle essentially three full time jobs (parenting, their jobs and coordinating doctors’ appointments and therapies). I know it would be helpful to focus on one thing, but I’ve yet to determine which. Also, short of quitting one of my full time jobs, which I’m not prepared to do, I don’t know how to find the energy to focus on one more thing. For me, it’s not really about finding the time, it’s more about finding the energy, the focus.  How did you figure out what you wanted to be when you grow up and how did you go about making that happen?

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  1. Y August 18, 2011 at 12:38 am

    My son Max is 14 months now. He suffered a perinatal stroke. It is not clear if the stroke occurred in utero or just at birth but two days after birth we began to see his right arm and leg jerk. He was swifted into NICU and after many tests of all kinds, it was diagnosed that he had suffered a stroke from a blood clot. Since then our hopes for our second born changed but we didn’t stop living. We were reminded each day how life is short, that Max is our Miracle, and that we were not going to give up. We are very fortunate that early intervention quickly assisted us on what Max’s needs would be. I quit my already part-time job in human resources at the Venice Family Clinic that I absolutely loved to help support Max’s medical needs full-time. Plus my mother was not ready to take on the responsiblity of caring for a special needs infant. I also have Dean, my 4 year old at the time, who needed me, too. I prioritized what I needed to do for me and my family so that looking back I wouldn’t regret the decision I made. I know that I will have a future in hr again. I knew that I wouldn’t get back the early years of my kids. Since you wrote, did you make any changes or alter your focus?

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