Everyone Has a Story: Zebulon Dimmett

Today’s interview is with Zebulon Dimmett, who was suggested for this interview by a friend. Below, Zebulon shares how his first life dream came true (and how it’s helping him achieve his current dream), speaks out against “parent shaming” in today’s culture, and passes on the best advice he’s ever received.

(If you’re interested in being interviewed for this blog or have someone in mind for me to interview, please let me know or leave a note in the comments section.)

Name:
Zebulon Dimmett

What is one of your dreams for your life?
This question, to me, has two answers. At face value, I guess I dreamed first of being a pilot. It probably started when I was about 12, the vulnerable stage where coolness and reputation begin to matter. The image, skill, and level of expertise seemed like a good goal that would separate myself from the Average Joe. It wasn’t until later in life, probably college, that I realized that I just didn’t dream of being a pilot, I dreamed of making a difference. I decided that this could actually go hand in hand with my first dream of being a pilot. At pilot training I did pretty well, enough to choose my eventual fate. So I chose to be a helicopter search and rescue pilot. I enjoy what I do, and dream that later in life I will continue to be able to use what I have learned to help others and make a difference.

NJ State Police Search & Rescue helicopter

Zebulon achieved his dreams of becoming a pilot and now works search and rescue in a helicopter (not actual photo of today’s interviewee, but you can pretend, right?)
Photo Credit: jason jenkins on Flickr, Used unmodified under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

What is something on your bucket list?
I want to learn another language. I don’t know what or when, but someday I hope to have enough time and brain bytes to learn another language.

What is the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I ever received had to do with being a parent. That advice was to ignore everyone else’s advice. There is a lot of “parent shaming” that goes on in social media today and I think that it is insensitive and adolescent to think that your ideas (about any subject) could be so flawless that all others that differ are somehow inferior. I believe that most parents genuinely love their children and want the best for them and most do the best they can with what they have or understand. Be slow to judge and quick to love, the pressures of raising a child in such an evil world are great.

Thanks Zebulon, for sharing your time and stories with us!

Readers: Do you want to be interviewed, or do you know someone I should ask for an interview? Let me know.

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