Thursday, September 13, 2012

Self Portrait

Over the past 5 months I've had the privilege of getting to know Tim through his amazing wife, Em.  
I am inspired by him & his pursuit for his wife, his ability to write awesome letters
his love for the outdoors & adventure, & his diligence in his career as a physician assistant 
I am encouraged by how well he loves my dear friend Em & his community in Dallas. 
He can cook a legit burger & the way to impress me is to feed me well--he gets it y'all. 
Age 31
Tulsa Oklahoma 
What is your favorite childhood memory?
We used to live near a bamboo forest.  My brother and I would spend countless hours exploring the land, as if we were on a mighty expedition.  We would cut down enough shoots to make artisan-like ninja weapons and build forts that even a Green Beret would be proud of.  We had no true reason other than to dream and experience adventure.  It was a glorious time.
If you were an animal what would you be?
I would be a bald eagle.  My nest would be high upon the trees overlooking an Alaskan bay.  The day would be spent dwelling in the land and spying out salmon for the daily meal.  I would never tire of the rush I get from swooping over the water and the cool air traveling through my feathers.
What is your favorite memory of your dad?
He was family doctor who did it all.  He rounded in the hospital, worked the ER, and saw the typical patient in his office.  He would often take me on rounds, include me on procedures, or teach me about the sick people.  The most memorable experience was when I was allowed to cut the tails of suture as my dad gave a man stitches.  It felt like surgery to me.
What are you obsessed with?
Up until the last 3 months I would have said my job in the ER.  However, I was introduced to the sport of fly fishing in June because my wife wanted to spend her birthday on the White River in Arkansas.  She said, "Your present to me can be the trip and the gear for the both of us."  Ever since then, I can't stop thinking about being in the river catching some bows!
Most poignant goal for the next five years?
It would have to be starting a family and being established/rooted in a community.  Em and I are in a transitional point in life where we are ready to settle into a house and begin raising children.  So, I hope we will be within that process in the next 5 years.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
My scrubs.  They have a dual purpose as professional attire and pajamas.  Enough said.
If you could stop only one injustice what would it be?
I would stop both domestic violence and child abuse.  Often in the ER, I will see victims of both.  My heart is troubled because I can only provide these people with resources.  I believe abuse is a cycle.  The perpetrator was most likely abused by someone who abused them.  The injustice is a lack of love for one another.  I guess that's where we can make a difference.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
It would be in the mountains of Bavaria.  I just saw a movie that was filmed there.  It's breath-taking.
What is your favorite thing to chew?
Strange question.  It depends.  If I'm craving something sweet, it would be gum.  If savory, my answer would be beef jerky.
If you could only do one thing every day for the rest of your life what would it be?
Wow.  Another good question.  It would be the practice of emergency medicine.  I love it.  What can I say.
What is your manifesto?
Look beyond self to serve others.
When you think of adventure what comes to mind?
Fly fishing in a Montana stream next to good friends in the Fall season.


Kristina said...

Love your self portrait series. And the one of Mr. Loerke was quite the interesting one to read!
Happy Weekend!

girlseeksplace said...

Great photo. What a cool series!

Today's Letters said...

timothy james, love that you said a bald eagle in an alaskan bay. i've never seen you happier than when we were in alaska! let's go back sometime.

Kristen said...

Very cool interview - love the thought provoking questions!

The Real Me- TLF said...

I love Todays Letters. It was interesting to get to know Mr. Loerke PA-C more. I was challenged to ask myself these questions. It searched me to know myself more.