I'm glad you're here.
Welcome to the first stage of learning about your humanness. As first responders you sacrifice yourself repeatedly, but it turns out you have wants and needs too. You are human.
Whether you are struggling with home, work or both, we can get you moving in the direction you want to go.
In honor of one of my greatest teacher’s in this field birthday (my firefighter/paramedic brother), I am releasing the first 8 pages or so of the book. Love you bro.
There is a subtle metaphor done through the use of the word You and you. One is for "Big" You and one is for "little" you. This is the difference between the logical mind that comes online in adulthood and the emotional mind we come into the world with. What often happens when we get to a place of emptiness, loneliness and isolation in our adult lives is we have disconnected from "little" you. Enjoy!
What is included below is In Service's preface. I wrote, and re-wrote, and re-wrote and re-wrote it. During the process of writing these few paragraphs I found myself with some hesitation to fully share what I knew to be my truth, my story. Every time I read it back to myself I couldn't shake the feeling that I was hiding something whether that be small details or feelings or most importantly, me.
Being vulnerable is hard, really hard. It would be much 'safer' to speak to you from behind my expertise or credentials. I ultimately decided to cut the shit and tell you what is real and chose to be a person first. I felt inauthentic writing a book about vulnerable topics if I myself wasn't going to show or model how that was done. I want vulnerability mean more than a word to you.
If within our society and smaller cultures we remain unwilling or too scared to truly share or speak up about the realities of life we will remain veiled underneath a facade that smothers life. And I want to live a life, not an illusion. I imagine you do too.
I hope you enjoy.