Who? What is an Advocate? Why, “For The Advocate”?
An advocate is defined as a person who helps supports or acts as an activist for someone else. Sometimes the “business of advocacy” pays, but more often it does not. More often we just thank a higher being for putting us in a position to help where and when we can. I believe that advocacy is an accepted, and many times, expected, human instinct. Whether or not we realize it, we have all been an advocate for someone at sometimes in our life. If you think not, just continue living and reading.
This is For the Advocate.
These are examples of, what I think an advocate is and their roles as I see them. Keep in mind that we are all advocates or caretakers at some time in our lives. I write this to tell you things that I have learned in my years of of being a caretaker to my children, grandchildren, my mother, father, spouse, relatives and friends.
Life Advocate –-you help, back-up or encourage someone younger than you or someone your age. (A sister, brother, a child, grandchild or other).
Senior Advocate — If you support or help maintain someone older than yourself. (A parent, an older relative or friend, sometimes a spouse).
Self Advocate –When you care for yourself. (Remember, You must take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.)
And why do I presume to think that I know about the roles of the a Caretaker? Been there! Still doing that! Proud of it!
What do you think? What are your experiences?
Today, here and right now, which advocate are you?