Posted by Cal in Sacramento Fellow Steven Zimmer
Some people consider breakfast and coffee as the most important way to start the day, but the most important part of my morning routine is music. My roommates and I have adopted Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” as the morning’s anthem, while we mentally and physically prepare for another day in the Capitol. The opening lyrics, “it was all a dream…” are appropriate given where we Fellows came from and what we find ourselves doing this summer.
The one thing all Cal-in-Sac Fellows have in common is our unique stories. Mine is a bit complicated and unorthodox because of the 9+ years I served in the Air Force. If I had been told during basic training in Texas that my current life path would eventually lead to working in the Office of the Governor of California, I would have been astonished. And if I had been told that Jerry Brown would again be the Governor, even more astonishment would have resulted (it’s a good thing no one told me that in basic training because I would have been instructed to “drop to my face” for expressing emotion). I feel that the resistance, strife and struggle I’ve faced since the years following my time in the Air Force, have shaped my character to make this possible. Resistance and overcoming struggle is an important part of life, which creates a more fulfilling life and ultimately makes up the themes of the stories we tell our kids and grandkids. Continue reading