Yesterday was quite the day for us. I say us because I’ve come to realize something. I realize how very much I need you in my life.
If you haven’t been paying attention and the odds are great that you haven’t, yesterday the Art Director, Weston, and a photographer, Brian came out to 1602 and took photos for the July issue of Austin Fit Magazine. Those guys were amazingly nice, tremendously supportive, and genuinely positive towards what it is we’re doing. But, aside from that, yesterday I experienced so many things emotion wise. I can’t even imagine a way to say thank you to everyone who showed up yesterday, or those who texted or emailed me their support. And whether you were there, or you’ve been to a Yard, or even thought about it but never felt like going, my appreciation is more than any words could convey. Because, yesterday was all our doing. Yesterday was the moment someone with a voice, with a vision, not only listened, but is willing to tell our story. I’m not sure if any of you have any idea how very important that is! It’s not my story, it’s our story! And it’s one of perseverance, dedication, hard work, and tenacity! It’s also one that few people in positions to tell it, do. Why that is, is complicated. But even better, even more exciting is the simple fact that I am grateful for every ounce of resistance we get! Every obstacle, every roadblock, and every monkey in the wrench, I embrace! I embrace it because it only does one magnificent thing! It strengthens every fiber of my resolve! And it tells me I am doing the exact right thing! I am on the right path! And we, the collective who needs the most support, and have always gotten the least of it, know one thing above all others. We know that no matter what, we will continue to grind, and to survive in spite of all the bullshit. My goal, my passion, my vision, is to see you transcend survival, and truly thrive! As Marcus Aurelius said, “Does anything happen to me…. I take what comes”. So yes, yesterday was very important. Important because the impetus of what it is we have started is greater than you might know. I don’t know whether the magazine will show the true nature of what we are doing, but either way, it is a very good start. No other EMS system in the country is doing what we are doing! Going where we are going! Whether it will be sanctioned by the powers that be or not, we are on a trajectory that will change how this industry does things! We are building a template for the future of the health of the pre hospital health care provider!
So why do I need you so much? I will take literally thousands of people to the hospital over the next 5 years before I retire, and I will give each patient the best care that I can. But I know that there are thousands of medics doing that job all over the country. I see a patient who is being overlooked! I see a patient who refuses to ask for help! I see a patient population who is routinely ignored, routinely misunderstood, and routinely abandoned! Think not! Then my guess is you’re the one ignoring that patient. That’s my wheel house! That’s my Alamo! My intention, my purpose in all this, is to rescue the rescuer! The health of health care providers, especially the pre hospital provider is that much ignored patient population! That’s who I need! That’s who I identify with! When you’re on a busy truck and haven’t eaten, when you get a late call 10 minutes before the end of a beat down shift, when you are yelled at, spit on, vomited on, swung at, by those you’re trying to help, and you feel no one cares about you in that moment and all you need is a little hope, a little reassurance, and a little support, and all you get is the I need you to step up speech, you are who I’m looking for! I look for you because I’m right there! Whether on the truck, or in spirit, I am there with you! And I will not tell you that you should be doing more! I will not tell you to stop whining! And I certainly won’t tell you that, “Well that’s just how it is!” We all know that’s bullshit! There are far too many of those people in the world, and I would posit that those exact people, who need you to do the work that they cannot, or will not, are made so and kept so by people greater than themselves! If you are not trying to make the lives of the people around you better, then you are invariably making them worse!
That’s where I start! That’s the place I need you to be to see why I want to help you! I’ve been there! I’ve been the “Crispy Medic” and I’ve seen the effect it has on those around me. I had my moment of clarity about 3 years ago, on a Saturday afternoon, working at then Rescue 21, with Hector Garcia-Torres. I remember it with a clarity and pain that I do not want to forget, because to forget is to be complicit in my own inaction! After a 20 minute fuck this and fuck that tirade, there was this moment where I can honestly say that the effect I was having on Hector was palpable. In that moment I felt how my shitty, negative attitude was affecting him. And that moment of clarity was, “I am now that guy!” I remember stopping for a second in the middle of my rant, I looked at Hector, who was driving the truck, and said, “Goddamn Hector! I am so sorry! I’m that guy!” As much a statement as a realization, I felt as though I had committed some egregious crime, and I had! I let Hector down, and anyone who had to hear me bitch. I decided then, that I had, as they say, enough! My, madder than hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore, moment! This brings us to now! To this post, this cause, this Yard, this whole health, wellness, fitness thing that I prattle on and on about to whoever will listen. You see this little revolution, this quiet little revolt against the status quo, is my stand! I can’t take credit for it but I do love this idea of the physics of dominoes! Click the link below. A Physics Prof. took 13 dominoes; each one is one and half times larger than the one before. The smallest is 5mm’s high and 1mm thick; the largest is nearly 100lbs and just over a meter tall. That tiny little domino he places with a pair of tweezers topples the largest! Watch the video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y97rBdSYbkg That is what I intend to do! Start the chain reaction to shift the paradigm! That’s exactly what we’ve done! Now we got ourselves a revolution! Momentum favors those brave enough to ride that wave! It’s only second quarter! Hell, I’m just getting started! Imagine what we could do if you decided to join this crazy idea!
So, as always, all you gotta do is say, “I’m in!” We are waiting on you! Besides, when’s the last time you joined a great revolution for a good cause?! Been a while right! Next week I’m reassigned to do Yard stuff and couple of those days I’ll be running back to back Yards at both locations. I’ll have a better idea of the schedule Monday. And as an added bonus, I’m doing some work to get a person or two ready to crush the Spec Ops PT test while simultaneously changing their life style! Come get in on all that!
There it is! My gratitude to all who support my next larger domino. Come be complicit in the chain reaction that benefits us all! And for the hundreth time, my apolgies to Hector. He is and will always be a gentleman and a brother so taken and accepted in the truest sense. With that come be a part of something that I believe will be our legacy, or a gigantic flop, but either way, growth, character, tenacity, and honor will be the byproducts of our efforts. Till then, whatever it is you do in your life, put your name on it! Walt