IMPACT: Bancroft Employee Blog
Dedicated to: Andrew Finney
Aimé Alobeyo, PA Program Specialist
A Dream Deferred by Passion
An honorable and noble Wiseman once said…
“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose”.
Growing up I’ve always wanted to be amongst the top research scientists in the nation, if not the globe. A well painted dream I wished to achieve and live in one day. Determination was a driving factor behind this dream. However, throughout the journey, I came to realize that determination and being passionless leads to a world of unhappiness. I also came to the realization that the dream I was once had was merely a wish I found no passion in.
A little later, upon completion of my undergrad, I was still confused to where my passion lies. Yet I was determined to change the world. Not sure anymore how.
I never knew that joining a men’s basketball league at a church on a Tuesday night would change my life by guiding me to what I have long been looking for; my passion.
After an electrifying basketball game that one special Tuesday night, I held a conversation with a fellow mate and catching up with life. I ended up asking him if he knew anyone that was hiring. After learning that I had exceptional knowledge and some experience working with brain injured individuals needing behavioral, therapeutic, and natural supports, he recommended I check out an organization called Bancroft to which he works with (notice I said works with… not works for).
I recall the warm welcoming feeling I had the day of the interview by the directors. I felt a robust bonding of professionalism. Their delivery gave me confirmation that I came to work with a family (we laughed – the director couldn’t stop laughing at the name of the university I graduated from, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and asked if I had “slipped off the rock”). I remember leaving that interview with high confidence that I made the right choice that will flower a different journey. I was invited to a second interview the very next day.
Having starting to work at Bancroft three days after my birthday, it felt like a late or belated present. It was fascinating watching me learn and grow with like-minded people; a passionate and cultured family with goals to serve. I like to go home feeling that I have helped improve someone’s quality of life because they needed my help. I now found myself changing the world by making a difference in people’s everyday lives. I have found my passion. Here at One Bancroft.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you will know when you found it”. – Steve Jobs