Find Your Why
When I was a freshman in high school I attended Construction Careers Center on the south side of St.Louis, Missouri. I was always in the first row of every class and always early and in my seat. I was ready to learn something new but I quickly figured out I wasn’t learning very much at all. One day in math class my teacher pulled me aside and looked into my eyes then asked “Why are you here”? For a long time I didn’t know what she meant by what she said, but as time went on I realized I had a deep rooted hunger inside of me that would not let me settle for what I was given but I was always seeking more. This passion inside of me burned so deep inside that at times my stomach would physically hurt and tears would come to my eyes.
I envisioned myself as somebody that would make a mark on this world and leave this earth better than I left it. Throughout my life my passion to succeed has seen me through 8 years of military service and currently as a police officer. Being a cop I have seen so many horrible things that has made me cherish ever moment I have and has also made me even more passionate about changing the way police departments operate in the US.
I recently founded a non profit organization called Serving with the Badge in an effort to restore trust between police and the community. You may ask why can’t I just be happy with working my regular shift and going home without rocking the boat. My answer to that is my passion inside of me would not let me stand by and turn a blind eye to injustices and I couldn’t sleep until I had done something about it. Now I work everyday to change the way we police and have even given up many things such as my social life and many hours of sleep.
One thing about passion is that even though it comes with many personal sacrifices it always makes your feel fulfilled that you are making a difference in the lives of those around you. So it is more than worth it to me staying up 2–3 days without sleep to accomplish my dreams.
So Why Do I Do What I Do?
I do this because I physically can’t settle for less.
I want to help make a better city and a better world for those that come after me.
I have to follow my dreams no matter the odds, no matter the cost.
So I ask you, Why Do You Do What You Do?
Find your Why and you will find your Way.