Chasing a Dream: One Wave at a Time

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Clarification: My goal is to race from VA to NJ on a Waverunner (jetski) to raise awareness and money for a anti-bullying campaign.

Chasing a Dream: One Wave at a Time

I am fortunate to have enjoyed observing the advancements in personal water crafts over the past three decades; my fascination with jet skis began at the age of fifteen, leading to a role as a jet ski instructor in New Jersey in my late teens and early twenties. Growing up in a water-loving family created a lifelong love of the water, and jet skis served a dual purpose: fueling my teenage interest in speed, to be perfectly frank, and providing an opportunity to travel from Points A to B with the benefit of observing nature along the way. In recent years, I have searched for ways to share this enthusiasm with others, and more importantly, combine that love of jet skis and the water with a philanthropic component. My career has predominantly involved the security sector, which has afforded me the opportunity to assist others on multiple occasions, and made me increasingly aware of the necessity of support for those in need. Philanthropic campaigns to assist at-risk youth and “stomp out” bullying have always drawn my support, and social responsibility themes, particularly in terms of respecting human rights, are appealing to me.

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It has been stated, “No one person can change the world, but we can each do our part.”

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I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I began the process of planning this endeavor two decades ago, but when life became very busy at the turn of the century, I put this goal on hold, hoping to reach a point in life where I could resume a dream of combining my passion for jet skis and philanthropic causes. I do not want to regret anything in life, as that is not how I want to leave this planet, nor do I want to be false when telling others to go for their dreams when I have not finished fulfilling mine.

I want my son to look at his dad and say, feel, and/or think I am proud or tell his friends, “That’s my dad!”. I never want him to feel ashamed or bullied for fighting for a positive cause in which he believes. I would like for my son to know that he can overcome and reach his star in the sky regardless of obstacles in his path.

I genuinely believe in people’s ability to change the world into something better. I believe each one of us has the ability to create a canvas unique to each of us to share with the world and guide someone who has yet to find their unique way of letting their canvas to be expressed.

Too many young adults leave our planet before they even start living; many never have the opportunity to attain their goals and dreams. Bullying needs to stop across the board and our youth’s self-esteem needs to grow. If just one thing can spark a child’s dream, then why not give them something for which to strive other than the correctional facility or worse, a life ended before even starting?

So, what is this dream that I intend to fulfill? My goal is to navigate a personal water craft (jet ski) from Virginia Beach to Brick, New Jersey to show to our youth that no matter how much someone or something holds one back, or how degraded one feels, that it is possible to leave the darkness behind. It is possible to stand up for themselves, and there are people on this planet who do understand, and want them to pursue their goals, reach for the stars, and persevere no matter how many times they are knocked down.

So, what is the purpose of this funding campaign? Funds received will go towards the jet ski trip from Virginia Beach to Brick, NJ. During this campaign, I will also be actively seeking support from anti-bullying organizations as I attempt to fulfill my dream, and raise funds for anti-bullying efforts in the process. Thank you for the support and donations towards not only fulfilling my dream, but supporting a vital cause.

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The breakdown of costs will be going towards the following:

·         A large percentage is going to the anti-bullying campaign and stomp out bullying initiative $5000.00+

·         Technical Advisors:  i.e. mechanics, ”Paid Licensed Captains” stationed vessels  along the route for refuel, safety checkpoints, support, and EMT’s, possible medical doctor  $3000.00+

·         Partial amount will go towards the Personal Water Craft for this undertaking for safety reasons.

·         Go-Pro cameras for documenting the trip $500+

·         Music and video support- media consultant for website, maintaining, creating, editing, and producing multiple short clip videos, picture collages, a documentary video, YouTube Channel, and publications related to this campaign.  3000.00+

·         Personal safety equipment that is not already available: i.e.- Emergency locator, helmet, more flares, smoke,  extra VHF long range two way radio $1500.00+

·         Everyone who contributes towards this endeavor will receive something regardless of how small or large of a donation. $2000.00+ in give a ways.

·         Your names, organizations, or businesses will be added to the overall documentary: If permission is granted.

·         All donors will be mentioned if permission is granted

·         Paper supplies

·         Ink

·         Card Stock

·         Envelopes

·         Thank You Cards for everyone who is involved

https://www.gofundme.com/chasing-a-dream-one-wave-at-time

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Clarification: My goal is to race from VA to NJ on a Waverunner (jetski) to raise awareness and money for a anti-bullying campaign.

Attitude

new-jersey-december-2016-219triptripHello everyone, and welcome to another post.  Before zipping along, I wanted to share an observation which I recently discovered from John C. Maxwell, “People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude”.  Very true.  Attitude can often be the difference between life and death; think about those who climb or have climbed Mount Everest.  Attitude may very well be the difference between life and death.  Or, what about working on home repairs, such as repairing a roof, or even climbing a tree – whether as part of one’s job or just for fun; attitude can make all the difference.  A negative attitude can make that “honey do list” never-ending, or climbing that tree could suddenly become hazardous without the right attitude.  If you are surrounded by negative influences, then the ordinary becomes bitter.  One of my favorite mantras now is about cutting lose the chain of negativity (from the anchor), and letting that anchor sink to the bottom of the ocean.

To continue these points regarding attitude, an old favorite from Zig Ziglar is, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude”.  Also true.  If one is surrounded by negativity, however, this may be difficult to fulfill.  It is important to separate yourself from negativity, whether it is individuals or a company, before you lose yourself to entrenched negative thinking or worse, a negative environment in which you cannot grow. I call this the one stop shop of death to your individuality or potential future possibilities for growth.

15965960_10211809674897763_2715644845445657381_n15977493_10211809673097718_4611004595877573695_nIt seems unrealistic to encourage everyone to try to have a positive attitude and inspire and foster others to live life with some gusto, adventure, or even with their own originality, but is it?  Is it unrealistic to try to encourage others to refrain from negative thinking? Social media platforms come to mind.  How many times has a post or action on social media infuriated or upset you?  Let’s take Instagram for example; sometimes scrolling through individual feeds can spark (positive) ideas and conversations, and result in excellent contacts, but on other occasions, it and other social media platforms seem to do nothing but bring down one’s mood.  Not every social media account is positive – or even realistic, but some are worth reviewing, particularly if we take a minute to ponder the message or intent of the account (particularly business-related or entrepreneurial feeds).  If we have an open mind instead of a closed one, what opportunities do you think could result?

This brings me to the concept of the phrase, “one-man army”; in many ways, while this has been used in a negative manner, I consider it an immense compliment. I am one person just doing my own thing trying to be happy, and if working 10x harder than the person next to me is negative (i.e., comments such as “you’re working too hard”), then I suppose that is a matter of opinion.   I always wonder why individuals opt to jab, rather than encouraging others to persevere.  Is it just easier to be negative?  I’m human so, yes, sometimes, when I let down my guard, comments such as these bother me, and are just another irritant like getting tazed or OC’ed.  However, once I refocus, I can “embrace” the constructive criticism.  Here is just a thought to consider next time anyone is on the verge of picking on someone with malevolent (or even ill-humored) intent. We are all created equal, but we do not all share the same equal mindset of what real work entails.

When it comes to labor, I have put in my fair share of time, and I truly do understand intense manual labor. I cannot say this for everyone, nor would I even speak for another in this regard.  However, throughout my life, I have encountered a lot of Individuals who do not comprehend real pain or work. They can say it all they want, but until they actually feel it, then those words are hollow and mean nothing more than self-aggrandizement. I’m getting older, so I do feel it more, but I still know my limitations and capabilities. So, please, I want to hear you tell me “one-man army” or “you don’t get it”; all these comments do is motivate me. As I have said before, I am only one man trying my best. I don’t have a team to help me to do the little jobs, so if this “one man army” is upsetting your company’s status quo, and you have a TEAM of people, some of whom were hired to create original content, and yet, your team members continue to utilize the work of other individuals and claim it as their own, then I would encourage such companies to reevaluate the hiring process, and seek individuals who believe in original thought.

It’s all about mindset and how you look at the LONG RUN. I’m not saying owners of any company will not make mistakes in terms of placing trust in employees to be honest, particularly in terms of pesky components such as plagiarism, but know when the air is ripe at least.  I’m not here for peanuts and popcorn to watch a movie. I am the one creating the movie.  So, from the “one-man army” and until the next post, enjoy the start of the year and as always thank you for reading. My wife is laughing at me for this one, but that is just fine with me, because she is my team.

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See you in the next post.

 

To Think or Not to Think

20161221_160829-animationHello readers, I sit here looking at my screen deciding on the topic for today’s post. I recently returned from a great kayaking workout on December 31, 2016 and my creative juices are flowing. It’s a tradition I stick to every year regardless of weather. One thing I will continue to state is if you are going to venture out onto the water during winter months, be safe, be prepared, and be smart.  Just the other day another kayaker lost his life and this type of loss is always disheartening to hear. My sympathies go to the family of this man.  20161214_082557020161214_08280220161214_111941So, what do I write about? Money, social media, my son and his priceless expressions I get to enjoy watching, my thoughts on socially controversial topics, my future book in the editing phase, boats, planes, trains, automobiles, etc.?  Scientific innovations?  The 7 wonders of the world?  Entrepreneurship? I would like to talk about anything that may motivate someone to do something that he or she enjoys. I can sit here, yell and scream, but let’s face it.  Although I do not mind being assertive, because some need that tough love shit to get motivated, I would prefer to keep this post positive, a tint of humor, with a dash of entertainment. I guess my near death experiences could be a topic of interest? (There have been multiple experiences, and it is scary thinking about it.)  For example, think about a soft cover jeep rocketing into the exosphere only to come back down to the troposphere, with the tail slapping a tree, igniting on fire like spaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and landing into a creek at the bottom of a cliff. That one was a mouthful. I walked away from that experience with a different perspective. We can talk about water accidents, too – i.e., hypothermia, heat exhaustion, crashes, deaths, blacking out, and my, oh my, the list goes on.  So, where does one begin to write when there are so many topics from which to choose? Just what do writers decide to write about when there are so many potential options?    What drives the writer?20161214_15192820161214_152038A thought came to mind and one of which I am confident a few readers may have experienced.  How many of you may have had at least one person tell you one of the following:  Don’t think too much; You’re overthinking it; You are thinking too much; or my favorite, Your brain must be on fire.    What the osmosis is that?   I would like to hear from the readers and their thoughts on why people might say such things. Please add them to comment box below.

I am just free writing and trying to show my sense of humor. It’s a new year and new possibilities.

I would like to think that there are plenty of individuals on this planet that think about everything or whatever factor that piques their interest, and especially if it benefits not just oneself, but others as well?  Consider the term “think tank”.  People get paid for thinking and who wouldn’t want to be paid for thinking on multiple levels? Now, the likelihood that each of these individuals has a degree (or multiple degrees) is high, but what about those without a degree who are paid for using a skill that think tanks love? If someone has a talent, or capability to brainstorm with certain given subject matters for which companies or entities pay, should these individuals be allowed to use their gift even without paper credentials?  What do you think?   I’m curious to hear your thoughts.20161214_16130020161216_120024Here is another question. Do our memories become opportunities for reflection during certain times? Do we as humans continuously think about some topic regardless of anything we might try to do not to think? I kayak to do just that and sometimes kayak for longer durations than other kayaking workouts, but I know I am still thinking, using my brain, my frontal lobe working together with the motor and sensory cortexes, shaking hands with the broca’s area so I can write this post with some humor. I want to think. I enjoy thinking. I want to use my brain. I want to learn. I want to continue growing and utilizing that muscle. I would like to think that others would as well. We are all students in this life; in my opinion we all continue learning daily.20161219_17061520161231_083241I guess I found something to write about after all, because I just keep on typing. The brain. I love it. Just the term, “brain,” is intriguing.  What an unbelievable organ we each possess and yet so many people take for granted how vulnerable we really are when it comes to our brains.  The following example made me scratch my head, however.  One day, while hanging out with a few individuals, the subject of due process in the court of law, particularly, the topic of torture, whether sanctioned or not, became the topic of conversation, particularly where we each stood on this subject.  The person who initiated this subject matter opened a can of worms with this topic, because no one wanted to talk about it and when he asked what my position on this matter was he almost started a fist fight with me when he heard my response, simply because my response was not what he wanted to hear.  He immediately became confrontational.  How ironic considering the question he posed!  The good vibes in the area completely vanished as he, the originator of the question, became agitated from the logical responses I provided – prior to being interrupted by his temper. Have you ever watched a minnow swimming in a small cup? The minnow is in a small cup bouncing and flopping around.  Interestingly enough, we barely spoke after that day – purely over a difference in perspective for a question he posed to the group.  The others in the group were reticent on the topic, but I firmly believe in speaking my mind, particularly if someone opens the door on a topic which interests me.new-jersey-december-2016-530tripWe should cherish our freedom of speech, my readers.  If you ask a question, particularly one that is on a complex and highly-emotional topic, you better be prepared for an answer. Did I think too deeply on this post? About what shall I write next? After today we have another 363 days of learning to go for this year.

See you in the next post.

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Inspire

Encourage

Talk

Show

Participate

The pondering question:

new-jersey-december-2016-061tripnew-jersey-december-2016-285tripWhat keeps me going? What does someone say to another individual or a large audience if you are ever in a position to be sitting or standing on a stage in front of hundreds of people? What about a classroom? Maybe it’s a complete stranger.  What keeps anybody going in life?  Bottom line.  I only have one question for you to ponder down the road, when you are going through something or maybe when you have reached a point in life where you have no idea or clue what to do, when you have nowhere to run or hide, and you are forced to face this one question. Do you want to live or die?

This is a direct and clear cut question we should all ask ourselves. The normal reflex would be to say “Yes, I want to live,” partly due to the stigma of saying “no”.  In other words, would an individual automatically be labelled as someone in need of help?  What do we do? Is that person depressed? Suicidal?  Dangerous? Perhaps that person is having a bad day.  We automatically reach a hypothesis before learning the truth.

At one point or another in your life you are going to be where no one can relate to you or vice versa and that feeling of alienation will overwhelm anyone. It doesn’t matter where you are or who surrounds you, this will happen regardless of demographics.  That’s the true refection in the mirror…There comes a pivotal point in which you must decide whether you will fight, push on, face it all, or step back into the cave where the reflecting shadows can continue portraying what you want to see or feel, so you don’t confront your demons?  I think of Plato’s Allegory here – i.e., the point where you must have the courage to face yourself.  I’m not here to preach to you, but I do know one day your life will come to a complete halt.  You will look at everything and everyone in your life and wonder what the hell am I seeing, as if for the first time? Why have I not seen this before? Why have I not realized this before? And SWOOSH, that moment is gone just like that. Though that moment has come and gone the question is what will you do next with that humbling insight? The wrist watch arms are spinning and the question still remains for you to answer.

Do you want to live or die? Personally, I want to live. That is what keeps me going. LIFE!  I want to be happy. See my wife and son smile and learn from one another. I want to see friends and loved ones enjoying life.new-jersey-december-2016-434tripI want to be free. I want see our youth stay the hell out of JAIL! I want to see our youth engaged in positive activities without the fear of harassment. (Note to readers:  This will be the intro into a separate post on this topic “Youth and jail”.) Would you not rather see young adults fishing, kayaking, surfing, jet skiing, and other recreational activities rather than killing or fighting you, your neighbors, friends, teachers, authority figures, and most importantly each other over ridiculous nonsense, because they tried abiding by certain expectations only to have them thrown in their faces. Let’s consider the following hypothetical scenario.  A young adult is legally fishing somewhere, and another individual had a problem with this person fishing in that location, and as a result, decided to be a bully, perhaps because he or she would like to be doing what the young adult was doing.  However, this individual opted to be the instigator instead of the influencer.  (Notice the emphasis on choice!  Bullying is a conscious action on the part of the bully.)  We want the youth to abide the rules, but when it is do as we say, but not as we do, then we have a conflict of interest do we not?

I wonder if this same individual ever stopped to realize by that simple action of confrontation instead of positive reinforcement caused a ripple effect to the point that the young adult said to himself or herself, I am not hurting anyone. I am alone fishing and minding my own business and I get harassed for fishing. I get bullied for following the rules. I get in trouble for doing the right thing instead of doing harmful activities. Why bother? I give up.  I guess killing and fighting each other is better for society and my future, so I guess I will just do that instead of fishing.  See where I am going here, folks?  If an individual acts constructively, instead of putting themselves in a less-than-positive role, one which might lead to the corrections system, that is a no brainer. (This will be in another post.)

So, what keeps me going? I want to live. I want to make a difference even if it is just as simple as writing, taking pictures, or blabbing away on my blog.

Here is another question for you. What do you have to lose by trying to better yourself?

Well, to me that moment comes with a price.

That price is your ego. That price is your humility. That price is your pain. That price is your time.

That price is getting your heart handed to you wrapped in a pretty bow over and over and over and over.

That price is facing those demons that keep you from facing that mirror.

That price is your family. That price is your life.

How badly do you want to go forward in life?

I can sit here and break down every single price tag I just put on every one of those stated.

Crying because you are angry or upset, yelling at the wall or the sky, screaming at the top of your lungs to release something, beating the hell out of a kick bag, running, jogging, swimming, and the countless other positive activities that empower one to strive for a better tomorrow are all normal. Every one of these causes a reaction to that could benefit one’s life in a positive manner.

That’s a part of life. Get over it. Deal with it. Reflect upon that image in the mirror. Try looking at yourself beyond the reflection in the mirror.

So, when someone asks me what keeps me going, what would you like to hear? The truth or some bullshit story to appease you at that moment? Fight. Push. Strive. Inspire. Encourage. Talk. Put words into action.

Don’t try to push shit that you yourself are not representing. So, what keeps me going? I want to live to continue learning.

See you in the next post.

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Mirrors Reflections:

It’s easy to look at someone else and compare your life with theirs, but that’s not your life, so why do we do this? Why do we compare ourselves with others?  I look around and see thousands of faces. I look into their eyes and I see anger, passion, ambition, admiration, fear, concern, confusion, love, curiosity, among others, as if a mirror is reflecting everything I myself have endured and experienced, and continue to pull back the curtain of life’s everlasting questions of what are we on this planet to do.

Do we speak of these things or do we just brush these realities under the carpet, so no one can see our true nature? Should I use fancy or brusque words to cause a ripple in the pond that may or may not rock the boat?  I am human as are we all. I know of pain, love, etc. – just as you. So why do people continue to hide from themselves?

Why do we hide from the reflection in the mirror?

What makes one human being better than another?

If you take away everything and stand as equals, what is left?

So, I sit here and I type and knowing all too well many individuals DO NOT GIVE A FUCK! Oops, taboo broken. Ripple in the pond rocking the boat. Have you ever considered the fact that a boat is meant to be rocked?  I curse a lot, so what! Oh My God! I have a mouth and an attitude problem.

I can use whatever words I choose, from the sophisticated to the repulsive.  Here is what I have learned over the years, although sometimes I wonder.  You can curb your language, so you don’t come across as a complete asshole, but the truth is I am (or at least can be) an asshole.  What did I just say? You don’t live 20, 30, 40+ years without learning the true nature of human beings and their capabilities. Don’t lie to yourself if you think someone will always be nice to you. That is not reality.

This is reality:

If you let someone continue to hurt you, they will.

If you let someone continue to manipulate you, they will.

Now, why did I say I was an asshole (or at least can be)?

I try to stand up for myself (AS YOU ALL SHOULD)  and sometimes the ones I stand up to have the power to manipulate those around them, or maybe someone will try intimidation tactics, or speak ill of me, or maybe someone is trying or just tried to pick a fight with me for some convoluted reason, but the fact remains that when I do stand up for myself, people take that as a sign of disrespect, which to me is ass backwards.  If someone is trying to tarnish your name/reputation, what do you do? If someone is trying to break your spirit, what do you do? If someone is trying to force you out of place of employment, business, or anywhere you want to enjoy your time or earn money, what do you do? What do you do when you will not submit to other’s perspectives?  You stand up for yourself.  So, if that makes me an asshole in your eyes, because I speak my mind, then I guess I’m an asshole.  I’m not here to placate others.  That crap was grade school antics, which by the way are alive and well in some of the adult behavior I witness. I want to see people succeed and not be pushed down. Don’t get me wrong, I act like a child myself, because I am the parent of an infant and often make funny faces and speak “baby talk” in my child’s presence.

The bottom line:  If you try to break a person who has already been broken you will lose every time!

Be yourself.

Fight for your passions.

Stand up for your ideologies.

See you in the next post.

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you to for nominating me. Their blog /360exposure EXPLORE – LIFESTYLE – TRAVEL.  It was a tremendous surprise to be nominated for this award, I certainly had fun answering the questions. I look forward to reading the responses to our questions posed to our nominees.

Rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven other blogs and give them eleven questions to answer.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Our answers to  questions:

What made you start blogging?  After years of not excelling in school, I realized I had a passion for writing, and was good at it (with a little bit of assistance from my wife in terms of grammar ) ;).  Writing and sharing my thoughts helps to release years of locked-away pain.

If money was no object, what would you do?  If only this were the case, but my “flight of fancy” would be to purchase a charter boat, and join my father in his charter fishing business.  On a charitable note, one day, I would like to purchase 1,000 kites and share them with one or more youth centers; this would be one way to encourage our youth to appreciate the outdoors and have fun.

What do you prefer Marine or Terrestrial environments?  Marine environments

If you were a kid and you knew then what you know now. Would you have chosen a different profession and what would it be?  That’s a hard question to answer because I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for my past, but I would have loved to have worked in the field of cyber-security, joined a special forces unit, or pursued medical school with an emphasis on the use of nanotechnology in medical research.

Do you prefer sweet or savory? Savory

If you could save one animal on the planet which animal would it be? The Panther

Favourite music genre and/or band? 80s rock

If you could earn a salary from blogging, would you do it?   Without hesitation.

What are your views and thoughts on global population numbers?  The exponential increase in the global population does create concern, particularly in reference to the possibility (and likelihood) of further reduction or waste of natural resources.

Where do you live now? If you had to move to a foreign country where would you go to? I live in the US, but if we had to move, it would be England, Ireland, or The Yukon

When was the last time you spent the entire day without your cellphone and/or iPad? Quite a while.

Our blog nominations:

nature has no boss

The darkest fairytale

keithgarrettpoetry

STORYTELLER

MIRACLES EACH DAY

Enchanted Forests

Eyes + Words

Vonj Productions

Cradle of Joy

The Evolutionary Mind

Be Like Water

Questions to our nominees:

What made you start blogging?

What are your views and thoughts on global population numbers?

What was the last book you read?

Why did you select this book?

Do you think the internet makes the world a smaller place or larger?

Do you think social media provides a positive environment for users/ why or why not?

Do you think human beings at their core are really good?

What’s your favorite color?

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

What is your favorite season of the year?

Once again Thank you to for nominating me. Check out their blog /360exposure  

See you in the next post.

Lightning Through the Heart

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There are many important measures in place today that benefit communities; to me health and safety and law enforcement entities such as EMS/Fire/Police/Game Wardens and Park Rangers are a major component of community development.  Each carries a vital life-saving piece of equipment (an AED), one which everyone should know how to operate – let alone how to perform CPR effectively.

My experiences over the last decade or so have increased my personal appreciation for understanding how to perform CPR/First Aid and how to operate a device known as the automated external defibrillator, or (AED) for short.  More importantly, through practice I have gained the confidence within myself to focus and how to effectively try to assist someone during a life threatening situation, should such a situation occur.

As a CPR/AED/First Aid First Responder instructor, I was able to contribute to society the significance of life-saving tools.  While some take CPR classes purely to fulfill a job requirement, others do so out of a genuine desire to be able to provide assistance when necessary.  It is a privilege to instruct CPR / First Aid courses; there is nothing better than knowing that you have taught others how to potentially save a life. The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association are two of the top organizations for offering anyone life-saving skills.  Both organizations have their own methodologies, but the rewards are far greater than the costs.

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One of those rewards is the life-saving benefit of an AED.  With our technology today a child could operate an AED.  AEDs will tell you what to do and when to do it. It does not get any more straightforward. That is excellent for those who have never seen, operated, or even heard of an AED. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a device that will send a current of electricity through your body, specifically, the heart, to reset the electrical current to a normal rhythm.  Your heart is a pump that is pushing blood and oxygen throughout your body so you can live. Your heart as well as your entire body is run off of electrical impulses which tell your body what to do.  During a heart attack the muscles in your heart stop working as they should be.  This is called Myocardial Infarction or MI. This is because the electrical impulses synchronizing your hearts tempo has stopped the oxygenated blood from performing its main function which is keeping you alive.

Heart attacks are not a joke and will kill you if you do not take them serious. (You may die!) There are two types of issues transpiring when the electrical impulses of your heart are malfunctioning. One is called Ventricular Tachycardia (V-tach), when electrical impulses are firing so rapidly it is causing your heart valves not to function. The second is called Ventricular Fibrillation (V-fib), when electrical impulses are firing so unpredictably it is causing total electrical chaos and your heart is like an engine revving it’s rpms, but nothing is happening. This again is causing your heart valves not to function properly which are needed for pumping your oxygenated blood effectivity in a steady rhythm.

A heart attack is a loss of O2 circulating through your heart muscles causing your heart to work harder to pump the O2 throughout your body, in order to keep your brain and vital organs functioning properly.  This is similar to an engine; the pistons need to run smoothly in the chambers to work.  A cardiac arrest is when you are in real trouble, because your heart just stopped beating and or is too weak to pump anything and now you may be as close as 10 minutes away from death.  That’s right, I said 10 minutes. The pistons have stopped moving; therefore the engine is inoperable.

Think about this. Put yourself in your dream location anywhere you want to place yourself.   You are in your dream location, perhaps visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Vatican in Rome, KilKenny in Ireland, or simply in your kitchen at home, and you are suddenly unconscious, not breathing, without a pulse, and you are about to never see your loved ones again. You are lifeless, have no control, and helpless.    It is not like you can start CPR on yourself or slap those pads on yourself. So, you are dead and every single time that tic on the clock tocks away you lose a 10% chance of surviving every single minute that passes.

I know I would want to have someone around who would jump in to perform CPR and or use an AED on me. One of the most basic human instincts is survival and a desire to live. If my chances are within surviving a 10-minute window, from the time my heart stops until an AED is zapping me in the hopes that my heart would rectify its rhythm, I would want every minute.

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Having the knowledge and ability to save a life is an invaluable asset, although that knowledge can be a burden, too, when all life-saving efforts fail.  I applaud those who work in this capacity on a daily basis – i.e., EMS, fire, police, military personnel, etc.   I appreciate the reality that I have the knowledge and ability to perform life-saving measures when, and / or if, necessary.  For those who have never taken a CPR course, think about how this is not necessarily a large investment of your time or money initially (to take the course), but can be invaluable in the long run if and / or when you may have the opportunity to save a life. Would you rather know a little bit about how to perform CPR or use an AED, or would you prefer to think, “Well’s that will never happen to me”? Personally – I would prefer to have the necessary tools and knowledge rather than operate purely on hope that someone else will.

Take the time and believe me you will be happier knowing that if a situation arises and if you are called upon the assist, then you will know the basics of human survival. Staying alive…In one of my previous posts I discuss a singular moment when I had to use this priceless knowledge and knowing what to do rather than not helped in keeping my wits in the situation.  It was a tragic day nonetheless, but knowing how to at least help someone settles my nerves just that much more. I call that piece of mind.

See you in the next post.