I don’t want to go back to being the same person who was me in 1988, when I was 19 and thinking, I’m going to do everything this way.
I want to be the person I want my family and friends to know me to be, which is why I’m writing this essay now.
I grew up in a family that didn’t have much money, but was always able to provide for my family.
I didn’t grow up in an abusive home.
I grew up with a mom who was extremely supportive and an older sister who was incredibly protective.
We had a nice family.
I graduated high school and went to college.
I had my own place, my own friends, my favorite music, my very own style of dressing.
I lived in an apartment building in downtown L.A., so there were always friends and family members in the neighborhood.
I did my undergraduate work in social work.
My first thesis was about sexual assault in college.
There were no witnesses.
There was no proof of any crime.
We were all just talking to each other and trying to figure out what happened.
My thesis was an overview of what it’s like to be sexually assaulted in college, so it was about the experience of people in the college community and the trauma of survivors.
And so that was the theme of my thesis.
I came to Los Angeles, and that’s when I started working as a social worker, because I was still in my undergraduate studies, and I was a student at Loyola University in Chicago.
I became an assistant social worker.
I did my thesis on the experiences of people who had experienced sexual assault, and the experiences and trauma of people from the social justice community.
I worked in crisis intervention for a little while.
After that, I became a social workers’ advocate, working on the crisis response to sexual assault.
I began working on domestic violence for the LAPD, and after I started that I became an administrator, and then I became the social worker for the County of Los Angeles.
I worked in the domestic violence program.
My office had the first-ever crisis intervention program in Los Angeles County.
I was the only person who did the crisis intervention.
I actually started it in a school.
It was in the school library, in the middle of the night.
I went to the school and sat down with the kids, talked to them, tried to get them to talk to me about their problems, because the kids weren’t really in the loop.
I spent time with them, with the parents.
I was a social work administrator at the county, and it was really important to me that my kids have an education that they could use in the future.
I wanted to make sure that the students could get a college education, and if I was going to be a social services administrator, I needed to be able to be an advocate for their college education.
I realized that was a challenge, and so I started doing outreach to schools.
It became very clear to me, after I had been in the field for 15 years, that it wasn’t going to work.
I saw the need for a lot of other social services, and also the need to really have a very hands-on approach.
And I realized I had to get involved in a lot more ways, including working with students who were sexually assaulted, and other students who needed help.
I started working with youth organizations and social service agencies, and a lot people were just like, Oh, I want a social service worker.
They said, You know, this is so hard.
I’m not ready for this.
But I got a social security card and I got my own office.
I got to have a real say.
It just didn’t work out.
I have the biggest ego of anybody I know.
And if you’re a person of integrity and integrity is your strength, and integrity in leadership is your courage, then I’m so proud to be that person.
I got to get to know my own kids.
They’re really important.
They are the best thing I’ve ever had, and they’re my best friends.
It’s like having a child for the first time.
They just do so much for me, and even more so when I have a little bit of time to spend with them.
I feel very lucky.
I’ve had a great career, I’ve been to work in the world of business and I’ve gotten to be in the heart of the heartland, which has been an amazing experience.
It has been my life.
But my wife, I think, is more amazing than me.
I had a very tough time growing up, but I never let my mom and dad down.
She had a strong sense of what was important, and she wanted to be my best friend.
She always encouraged me to work hard and to be myself, and to make the best of whatever opportunity I had.
So I would tell her that I