I have become more self-aware.
I realize I am Type A personality and thrive on efficiency. There were times during deployments that I wanted to jump up and down, scream, pull my hair. I didn't. It was better to practice deep breathing and self-control. I utilized the path of deployment briefings. If I had an issue with a fellow volunteer, I thought of techniques to make it a win-win situation for both of us. There were a number of personal challenges. I usually like challenges. After being retired and away from groups for more than a year, it took work and determination to "play nice" with others. Instead of making enemies I made friends. And through this process of self-growth, I had the privilege of helping to get vaccines in arms.
Thank you for the opportunity to help, learn, and be part of a wonderful organization.