Yesterday morning, my good friend Ray and I helped judge a science fair at Toyon Elementary School in San Jose. It was a lot of fun talking to the children. We primarily judged the projects for children in K, 2nd, and 5th grades. It was encouraging to see how nice and respectful all the children were. If you simple believe what they tell you on the news, you’d think all kids today were crazy ADHA lunatics. Instead, all the kids were really great. It was however really difficult to determine which children would receive awards as it’s hard to separate how nice a child was with their actual achievement.
Although it was a small task, it felt good to give back to the community. It’s been a while since I’ve given back to the community. Back in the 90’s I worked in Human Services as an Infection Disease Interventionist at The Cambridge Hospital. Basically we did HIV education, counseling, and testing. Although it was a difficult job (especially when I had to tell people they were HIV positive) it was extremely rewarding. I forget sometimes how lucky I am. On days when I obsess about a bug on one of my sites or low advertising conversion rates, I forget how lucky I am to have my health. Compare those trivial concerns with the news I’ve delivered to a client in the past that she was HIV positive and since she was breast feeding her newborn child, we needed to test the baby since he might be positive as well.
In short, enjoy your life and heath and figure out how to get involved in your community.