I never liked to sing because I express myself through art and visual communications. Although I don’t dare to sing, there are certain songs that haunt me. This happens in the morning when I’m getting dressed or brushing my teeth on good days. I’ll tell you these words that chime familiar. They go like this,” It's such a good feeling to know you're alive. It's such a happy feeling; You're growing inside. And when you wake up ready to say: I think I'll make a snappy new day. It's such a good feeling, a very good feeling. The feeling you know, that I'll be back when the day is new. And I'll have more ideas for you. And you'll have things you'll want to talk about. I will too. “These lyrics are written and sung daily by Fred Rogers during his program I watched growing up as a child. I recently watched a speech he did in front of the senate to defend his program from state budget cuts. He emphasized the importance and educational purposes of child development. This speech was delivered in 1969, I watched his program from 1991-1996 during the time my mother was dying of breast cancer. I had watched his program religiously and I feel what he taught me was very valuable that most people nowadays do not take into account. Such good morals as discipline, self-control, kindness, and self-love. Morals sometimes provided by a family. Not everyone as a child had families growing up and yet his talent was to communicate and remind children of this being a host of the program. I can thank Rogers for his knowledge I now carry as an adult in the times of tribulation and problem solving. This is the sort of motivation I seek in educating others. I value education not for teaching someone a skill or trade but the sort of work flow that can act as a path during tough times of developing through the ages.
I can honestly say that I constantly doubt myself, but I have always found other ways to cross these hurdles. I have suffered through emotional problems growing up, abuse, financial difficulties, and family issues. All these can distract a person when trying to achieve goals. The impact I can create in a community through education is to give back this knowledge. The knowledge of encouragement and compassion because sometimes this is what people need. People can problem solve on their own as part of survival. Sometimes all it takes is the encouragement as rogers emphasized in his speech of having that good feeling of self-control and making someone feel special on a daily basis. Gaining focus, determination, and perseverance is all it takes to give to an individual that extra push through tough times. As a community it takes team effort, organization, a goal, and a voice. Through these old traditional values carried from the 1950’s before modern technology and after the distress of the aftermath of war, can still be kept alive. Keeping humanity in a community is viable to thrive through the education of a healthy society. This is why I want to get into the entertainment arts because making something meaningful or educational for children in the masses I think can impact more lives than in one small community. As I retire from this career, I would like to then teach in a smaller community to continue to press this issue and continue to influence people forever through visual communications whether it was I who taught it or a student who learned from me.
- Noemi Barajas