Running Head: MY LIFE
My Life, My Passions
I. What was your family like?
a. Strict family
b. Second born son
c. Single parent home
II. What things do you remember about your childhood?
a. Reading Books
b. playing sports
c. Family outings
III. Early Academic Career & Military Enlistment
a. High School
b. Early College Experience
c. Army Life
IV. What are your personal, professional, and academic goals? a. Attaining my college degree
b. Becoming a post- secondary school instructor
c. Serving the Kingdom of God
My Life, My Passions
My initial plan was to graduate from high school and finish my Bachelor’s degree within three years. However, I got a big dose of life experience and found that things don’t always go as planned. In this paper, I will present a brief description of a few of my passions in life that have helped shape the person I am today and analyze some of these experiences using the adult development theories from this class. I will also look to goals and aspirations that I want to accomplish in the future.
I was born and raised in the rural Mississippi Delta. My mother, Helen, was a strict disciplinarian who did not take any “mess.” My father on the other side was at my every back and call and spoiled us rotten. My older brother Robert was born in 1979, which makes him five years older than I. He made sure on a regular basis that I knew that he was the older brother. My father and my mother couldn’t see eye to eye on anything and they divorced when I was aged 2 years. By this time, Robert was seven and was indifferent about the whole situation. Throughout my days spent in high school, I rarely took the time to develop a personal vision. My mind was too consumed with girls, clubs, and events to think of a specific purpose in life. Now that I have started a second pilgrimage through college, I find myself constantly questioning the reasons I have chosen to do so at Ashford University. As I look back on my past experiences, I realize that I do actually have many small passions that have shaped the person I am today. Feeling passionate about teaching children played an important role in shaping my personality.
After reviewing my past passions, I wondered how they could be connected. How could taking care of animals or tutoring other students in English take part in shaping who I am and what I am most passionate about? I then realized that feeling good about myself while doing those things is what caused me to be excited and want to be a good person. Helping or volunteering my time for others has always helped me feel like I have accomplished something worthwhile. When I assisted others and dedicated my time to organizations, I felt that I was doing my duty to be a good person. I developed this duty to be good at an early age through the teachings of my mother. Watching her volunteer her time for community events, such as hosting a booth for our high school booster club, was a big influence on me. My mother, however, did not just allow me to watch her donate her time. She encouraged me and my brother to also volunteer time for our church and community. Giving up my Saturday to run the go fish booth at our church bazaar showed me that performing tasks for others can be more rewarding than doing things for myself. While doing so, I experienced the rewards of helping others which sparked my passion to be a good person. Reflecting back on my past, the first passion I felt was for my love of words. As a young child I always cared about reading my favorite stories. Although many children often experience this type of passion, I sincerely felt that it was my calling to become a teacher. I enjoyed the idea that I could one day be responsible for educating the President of the United States or a famous doctor. I first felt this...
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