By Aaron Bulnes
Is it strange that I don’t find the same inspiration from others like I do with my own mom? The women has been through a lot. No matter the amount of obstacles, she always finds a way of persevering.
She dropped out of college. At the age of 25, with two kids already, she knew that she wanted to better herself and applied to be an member of Chicago Police Department. After a long wait, she finally became an member. Most people would be content with staying as a “uniform” officer, but not my mother. She would later re-enter school to get her master’s degree.
In between all of that, she unfortunately suffered a stroke. It was strange seeing a woman with so much power in a position like that. Doctors told her that she would never be able to be an officer again, but of course, she proved them wrong. She later became a sergeant in the Chicago Police Department with two master’s degrees, and she is currently earning the third.
In the fall of 2008, my mother and her partner were on the verge on a very big drug bust. My mother was supposed to check out the scene before they went in, but her partner went instead. He was later shot and killed. My mother had this incredible sense of guilt of what happened. That could have been her that was shot, and a great man died that night.
She has gone out of her way to support the family of the fallen officer by taking care of his daughter, holding a very successful charity event for his family, and running in a marathon for fallen officers every year. Yes, she was deeply affected by this incident, but that didn’t stop her.
My mother inspires me because she showed me that no matter how great of obstacles are in your way, there’s always a way around them. With her incredibly busy schedule she always finds time for whats important the end of the day: family. She may not be a radical in the sense that she has influenced many people, but for what she has done, that’s good enough for me.