Things for me were finally looking optimistic back in August 2021. College was going well, I was helping with business development efforts for a few companies, I was building my own vineyard company, my career and family life was healthy, and everything was about to be "stable" for likely the first time in my life. I was about to see the top of the mountain I have been pushing the proverbial boulder up since childhood.
I am used to roadblocks and difficulties. I am fond of challenges and change. I can pivot and run with the best, but Hurricane Ida started a gauntlet of challenges lasting more than 3 months without stopping that I couldn't begin to describe in detail and it is still ongoing without an end in sight.
Losing my dad (Joseph "Kenny" Jaubert Jr) and my Mentor Mr. Jim Eddins was sure the worst of the last 3 months, but the demoralizing daily grind of dealing with a community deteriorating around us has made each day worse than the last. For 1.5 months We lived on generator power which meant constant maintenance, the AC and more kept breaking, sewage backed up. Waking up each day has been an adventure in problem-solving because there are no service people here anymore and everything just kept breaking, every day something posed a new insane level of increased demoralization. For 3 months we had no internet and even phone calls and texting were difficult at best.
All that aside, this post is about my recent win in college. See, I was about to complete my final paper in a Master's Psychology course when Hurricane Ida hit. The college put me on an extension which expired on the 17th of December. I was able to get Starlink Internet a week ago, and complete my 16-page paper on the deadline date! The reviewed paper was returned with almost a dozen "Excellent" remarks and was graded 100/flawless, making my overall grade for that class a 96.5. The paper itself is a reflection on Prison Reform and how Psychology and Cybersecurity can reduce recidivism and fill critical jobs shortage through a software program I am capable of designing and developing.
I did not crumble though I was on the verge many days. There were a handful of people who gave me strength during these difficult days. I did not stagnate, I actually became stronger, enlightened, evolved. Not a single one of my ambitions met its demise but instead has been tempered and enhanced.
To the few who have helped me these last many months, I will forever be in your debt.
Imagine you are playing with your remote controlled car in the park.
Take a moment and really imagine it, a nice park with some obstacles and fun stuff to do. Imagine it is a nice warm day like here in Louisiana (79 degrees, no clouds, beautiful day), even though most of you are likely freezing your buns off with snow and ice. Anyways, imagine this for a moment.
Once you have that, imagine a friend, someone you know and like, brings their remote controlled car/truck to the same area to run it with you. Now there are two vehicles, and lots of fun to be had!! Then another person shows up because they see all the fun.
Imagine they call everyone they know, even people who only have prototype cars/trucks and now there are dozens of vehicles of various programming and capability pee peeing on your parade!! There are wrecks, and signal jamming, and the people themselves are annoying and throwing trash everywhere.
Now shift your imagination from that park to a sea port with lots of vessels and companies, and shipping storage, chemical storage, oil and gas facilities, and more. Imagine instead of bits of plastic, you are controlling weigh anywhere from 10,000 tons to 200,000 tons or more and can be quite agile in the water. This doesn't even breach data concerns, but just something to think about if you are bored and wanting to look into potential future issues and how to get in front of them.
What do you see on our horizon as an issue? #criticalthinking
LinkedIn Posts will instead become articles for CTS. From there I will write Summaries and post that on LinkedIn, pointing to here. This is important as we take CTS out of the shadows and into the sunshine. The last few years have been a constant learning environment, and the landscape was tough. We pivoted in ways we didn't think we were ever going to need to, but we did, and it has been the most glorious journey!
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