In the Land of the Free Performed by: James Watson
“I was born in Holly Hill, South Carolina and raised in Miami, Florida. I went to Coral Gable High School and graduated in 1970. I would say I had the best high school experience anybody could have in one’s life, as my high school years were filled with unbelievable joy, love, and respect for my teachers and classmates.
Most of my experiences in life have been in the medical field since volunteering for the army during the Vietnam War. When I returned from the war, I worked for Bell South for a year before deciding to go to college and obtain my business degree from Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida.
After completing my college education, I was given the rare opportunity while I was serving out my military commitment in the Army Reserve—I was asked if I wanted to go to school to become a nurse by my Commanding Officer. It was one of those chances where you couldn’t say no because of the benefits given; the Army was paying all expenses with 30 days of paid vacation.
The day I got my nursing license, the post office called me to work for them because while I was in college, I worked there part-time and Mike, my supervisor, said I would make a good mail handler. So, I took the test and passed it with flying colors with a score of 98.
Looking back during my retirement years, in hindsight, I should have worked for the Postal Service as well as I did in the nursing field. But I did what I loved the most, which was and is caring for others, which has given me great satisfaction. I also worked as an agency independent contract nurse for 40 years and still, to this day, work occasionally for a hospice 1 to 2 days a week.
Having a business degree helped me make wise decisions in my personal and family life when it comes to managing money. I started this business to leave a legacy for the generations after me and to make their life better than the life I had, although my life was good compared to many people I have known. I would think I am no different than any man or woman in wanting to leave a legacy.
Working hard all my life has prepared me for this business venture, which I am confident will prosper in the years to come.
I would say the greatest asset I have is faith in God that He will make a way when the road is crooked. Most of my life I have been in the right place at the right time. I love and help my family, and they have given me strength, support, and praise when things were not going right.”