Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Xavier Shuler. See his interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a feature for and about everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
Well, my name’s Xavier Shuler. I’m an 18 year old guy who’s currently still in his senior year of high school, completing the rest of it online.
Mostly I read, play games, listen to music, work, and spend time with family and friends. A lot of my time revolves around family, work, school stuff and friends though.
I’d say I’m currently working on trying to get things fleshed out for college and get my life more together and organized, and decide on a career I’m wanting to pursue.
2. A lot of people struggle with balancing family and career. How do your relationships at home help with your impending career decisions? What kind of career choices are you open to?
Mostly, I think it helps drive my decisions because of the interactions with my family and friends.
I’m focusing on something to help others, as that’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
From their past experiences and career choices – with my mother being an EMT/firefighter, my father being military, and stepmother being part of the medical service – it helps show me a wide range of availability.
I’m open to anything, but currently I’m focusing on something medical or to help others, as that’s something I’ve always been good at and have always wanted to do. Making a difference is a big thing to me.
3. In that vein, do you think we as a community don’t give enough credit to people in service, such as nurses, firefighters, and police? Also, why do you think it is important for everyone to be more helpful towards other people in their daily lives?
Oh most certainly. I think this pertains to many countries too, not just America itself. The amount of hours and dedication these people put into their jobs to save another person’s life (or better them, in a sense) is well over what the typical work load is. It’s extremely impactful and stressful on them as well. Not only that, it’s super risky too, given the circumstances they’re put in.
Honestly, I believe it’s important for people to be more helpful because you realistically have no clue what that random person on the street is going through. It could be a great day, or their mother could have just passed away. They could have gone through abuse in their past, or could have some form of cancer and know their days are limited.
You realistically have no clue what that random person on the street is going through.
Yes, those are extremes, but even little things can brighten someone’s day and make them want to pass that act of kindness forward. Our days on this earth aren’t guaranteed, so we should treat each other as such and try and improve them, as a whole.
4. As a young adult, if you had to give advice to your generation, what would be the three things you would say?
- Start acting more kindly towards others, instead of putting them down or trashing on them for their opinions or lifestyle. Nobody is the same, and nobody sees things the same. And especially at our age is when this matters most, as we’re only just now beginning to experience what life and this world has to offer us.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Whether it’s getting something different to eat, going on a road trip across the country, or even moving cities, it’s all about the experiences. The more you experience, the more you’ll know.
Don’t make decisions solely based on what your friends/peers want you to do. Don’t be afraid to say no, even if it is outside of your comfort zone. Yes, that’s a little contradictory to my previous answer, but there is still a limit. You control who you are, not anybody else.
5. Fantastic. Finally, is there anything you’d like to plug? It could be a product or a business, or it could be anything from a song to words of wisdom.
Mostly, I’d just say take the time of your day to just give someone something, whether it’s a small compliment, or a dollar for the homeless person you just walked by, or thank that community service member for what they’ve done to better someone else’s lives or save another.
A small act of kindness goes a long way, and letting someone know they’re appreciated can go even further.
Thank you for reading Talkback Tuesday! You can leave a follow-up question for Xavier in the comments below. I’ll get an answer for you.
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