Growing Up In A Community
by Luke Yokota
During my teenage years I have had the pleasure to be supported and partly raised by the student body of Universal Medicine.
At the age of 14 I was introduced to the work of Universal Medicine. During this time in my life my dad wasn’t consistently around and I lived with my mother, who was a single parent. Some could say I didn’t have the appropriate family support structure around me as I had no male fathering figure around nor did I have any younger or older siblings.
This has never been the case for me.
When I was 14 I had the opportunity to attend a Chris James evening workshop with my Mum. I immensely enjoyed the workshop and began to attend more regularly. I began to chat with Chris more often after the events and his family invited me to stay as an opportunity to play some music as we had mutual interests in that area, and they also had a young son. I was deeply supported and learned much during my visits to the James family house
Another influential couple in my life have been Sam and Jasna Kim who in this case jokingly admit to being my adoptive parents. They consistently offer me many gems of wisdom and useful sharing of their life experiences. Sam has given me huge insight to the world of health care and has been an immeasurable support during my training years as a nurse.
Honestly the list of people who have provided open arms during my teenage years could go on.
I often pinch myself to the support I have from so many responsible, integral and loving adults. If this support were available to all teenagers in the world it would be unlikely the atrocities of youth gangs, suicides, depression and loneliness would be so apparent.
From this very very loving support from the student community I have come to deeply know myself as a young man. Even to this day I have not touched one drop of alcohol, drugs or done anything extremely foolish. I’ve never experienced or entered into a meaningless relationship but have enjoyed a partnership with an amazing girl for the past two years and are now currently living together.
Our relationship is based on love and understanding. We respect each other’s choices however we both have the confidence to say when something isn’t right.
We also have the capacity to sit down and talk respectfully to one another to assess our relationship without reservation.
I’ve enjoyed a long-term high school friendship with my best friend, Harrison White, which continues to be more supportive each year we have known each other.
We have held ourselves as aspiring young men who deeply care about our families and the greater community. We often have conversation between ourselves on how we can best support other people, its no wonder we have both have chosen a career in nursing.
This isn’t to say I have made my biological family obsolete, this is far from true. From establishing family bonds, with once complete strangers, has enabled me to be more connected with my father who now lives internationally.
Even though I haven’t lived with my father for a substantial part of my life I feel closer with him then ever before. Recently we have welcomed my little baby brother from my father’s new marriage who is absolutely gorgeous. This goes the same with my mum and nana where my relationship with them has only developed.