December 10, 2012
This essay will cover in a shortened version a quick glimpse into my life and how I came to be where I am today. Social Support Outside the Immediate Family built my resilience and has put me on the path to becoming a human service professional. Life Begins
Growing up I lived in a home that was comprised of my mother, father, and myself. Someone would think that being the only child that person would be spoiled with attention and love. This however was not my case. My parents were constantly fighting and putting other things before me. I only participated in a few sport growing up but that ended when I started to hang around some people that at the time I thought was good but looking back now they were a bad influence. I got in trouble many times with both schools and when I was 16 I had a slight run in with the law. Life Falls
My run in with the law ended up sticking me with community service and three months of probation. After this I began to spiral down getting into more and more trouble. I was lucky enough that I did not wind up in more trouble with the law it was just at home with my parents were it took me getting in serious trouble for them to put me first again. However by then it was too late I did not seek their attention or compassion anymore I became reliant on my friends that I bonded with. One of my many friends stood out the most in my life in a way that the two of us did everything together and stood by each other when no one else would. Having my best friend as an outside support system was great until the best thing in my life happened to me, my wife and kids.
I met my wife when I was 17 years old our relationship quickly blossomed into a friendship that to this day has not ended. At the age of 18 we had our first child; this prompted a major life change. My wife and I had to grow...