One thing that I have taken away from doing this profile is that people in our culture should not be so narrow minded. I did my profile on a teacher and single mother and most people would shun that kind of lifestyle, but nobody is perfect and that is easy to see in anyone. I really think that every single person has something to be great full for and sometimes those things can come from the worst situations.
A second thing that I have take away from writing this profile is time management. There are a lot of people out there that are procrastinators, I am one of those people. This assignment was one that actually could be applied to real life in more than one aspect. There are plenty of jobs and people out there that will have to set up an interview and either create an article, profile, or even television show (ie. news channels) from it. This assignment made me have to create my own deadlines and forced me to get out of my comfort zone to accomplish those deadlines.
A third thing that I have taken away from this assignment is self worth. There are so many obstacles that we are going to have to face on a daily basis and you can't let them break you down. If you keep pushing towards your goals and dreams, then you will start to see and feel the positive outcomes and you have to treat each of those positives as a stepping stone in completing your goal
Two profile that I wouldn't want to forget are the Tommie Bass (folk Doctor) profile and the Sylvia Rivera and Seymour Pine (Stonewall Riots) profile. I think that for Tommie Bass he just cared about people plain and simple. He would put other people first and not expect anything in return. These days that is just not very common to find. Most people are either just looking out for themselves or expecting to get something out of their generosities. He spent his life learning and teaching himself about herbs and the affects that they have. He didn't have a college degree and he didn't even consider himself a doctor. He just knew what the herbs did and offered them to people when the doctors gave them nothing but a death sentence. People even offered him money for his help and he refused anything in return. He was happy knowing that the herbs actually helped them. I really wish our society could be more about giving rather than give and take.
As for the profile about Rivera and Pine, I think that the values that need to be taken from this are speaking out and standing up for what you believe in. There are plenty of people that do this these days, but just to never quit doing this is was I have learned. Over the past summer gay marriage was just legalized in all 50 states. I think that is something to be proud of. Peoples voices are getting heard and there are resolutions occurring from these issues. We should never quit standing up for what we believe is right.
One research questioned I made is: Are herbs and folk doctors still able to help people in ways that regular day medicine cannot? These profiles were made many years ago and we have made lots of discoveries since, so I was just curious if modern day medicine has surpassed healing through herbs.
Second research question is: Is being homeless more of a choice rather than an unfortunate outcome?