Hola mis amigos,
This week was probably the most exciting week yet in P4SC and it wasn’t just because we didn’t stay inside a classroom. So this week we started off by driving into Philly for two different reasons. The first was to meet with Tony Medwid of Bethesda Project and the second was for the initial meet and greet a few blocks over at YES.
To start things off Tony’s presentation was fantastic. I was a bit confused when he started off the discussion with some educational psychology but that started the session on a great note and I will probably use educational psychology in the future (if I can learn some more). Other than that Tony told his personal stories of how he came to be at Bethesda and some of his past experience. Of his stories, there were two key messages that stuck with me for the rest of the day. The first was a quote he told us. The quote was, “Happiness isn’t getting what you want; it’s wanting what you’ve got.” When I heard the quote I was taken aback because of how I could relate to it so much. Right now I’m at a really positive part of my life in contrary to where I’ve been and not currently, I wouldn’t want my life any other way. The second was an idea he embedded in us and the idea was simple: once you know the name of somebody who is homeless, you will never look at a homeless person again the same way. You won’t pretend they’re invisible or turn away because you will most likely immediately think of the homeless person you know. I think this idea will probably stick with me for the rest of my life and I will always hopefully never put up the invisible shield again.