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SWITCH FOR a Bigger Self. You may have that childhood dream of living in an isolate paradise where everything is abundant & comfortable. But it does not help you grow. You need to envision yourself as being capable of taking risks, solving problems & dealing well with even the most unlikable persons you could imagine.
Within our culture, every school has a swimming pool. We lived on the coast. People swam in the surf. It's a very sporty nation and at that particular time anyone who had an artistic bent was very much an outsider. So if you liked reading or ideas or playing the piano then your dad viewed you as a sissy, basically.
To be a police officer in New York requires so much more than just we, as a citizen, need to walk around. Your job is to put yourself in this place where a horrible event has happened and try to figure it out. That's what you do, day in and day out. You have to have a certain distance to it. You can't let yourself go too far into it.