Introduce Yourself: My name is Norm Gajowiak. I am a child and adolescent therapist and the Founder & President of a nonprofit that helps kids and teens in need get high quality mental health services.
Thoughts On People In The World?: Every human is vastly different. While some may be friendly and outgoing, others may be mean and like to fight. Then, even more might be sad and quiet. I believe all human beings are a product of their long-term environment. I also firmly believe that EVERY human wishes to be happy, loving, and loved. I absolutely LOVE human beings; however, a sad fact is that we are one of only a few species that actually kill our own people. I believe that love is the answer to solving human problems. The impossible aspect of that, though, is knowing that some humans can’t love. It is those people that impede upon peace. I feel the only way to fix that is to love those people, and teach them how to love.
What are your inspirations & goals?: My goal, before my life is over, is to help as many kids and teens as I possibly can. Thus far, I’ve lived in Russian orphanages, I’ve stayed in the slums of Nicaragua, passing out toys and food, I’ve taught and mentored children and teens for twelve years. Now, every day, 7 days-a-week, I help kids learn to be happy, to love themselves, to have fun, and to love others. I save lives. Some that I know about specifically, and some that I’m sure I’ll never hear from again; but I know I will live in their hearts forever. That is my legacy.
How would you impact the world?: I am. My nonprofit helps kids and teens every single day. As a psychologist, I help kids and teens. I am a true advocate. I’ve travelled to Washington DC to protest on behalf of children, lobbied my state officials and candidates for government for reform of the mental health care system and the entire bureauracy of the state Michigan’s crooked and unfair licensing practices for psychologists, which truly harms the youth population of Michigan; they, unfortunately, only care about lining their pocketbooks with money from testing companies and other lobbyists that hate the fact that young psychologists who work hard and save lives are taking away their clients because they are outdated hacks. If this doesn’t change, I won’t be deterred. I will forever help save the lives, and the hearts of kids and teens. No person, no government can stop me. I’ll write books from behind bars if I must.
Struggles In Life? : I struggle very strongly with “American Christianity.” The Christian Right align themselves with racist, homophobic, xenophobic, war loving ideals, yet fight for the unborn. As a Christian, I love all life, not only life that hasn’t begun. The born are just as important as the unborn. But while many of them protest abortion, they are engaging in sex before marriage; the number one cause of abortion. They have premarital sex on Saturday, then pray with same mouth they did who knows what with. Many of them are very good people. I guess I’ve just encountered many, many hypocrites. But that’s all OK because they tell me that they can “sin” as much as they want, just as long as they repent. They say that “works” mean nothing. But I say, “Faith without works is dead!”
How do you feel about yourself? Any changes you would make? : I feel good about myself; however, I often regret not protecting myself, or LOUDLY or VIOLENTLY standing up for myself when a few hypocrites and so-called friends took my money, took my help, stole my love, but them spread lies about me. I do regret that. I always will. Always. I’ll go to my grave with that regret.
What does love mean to you?: Love means everything. I know what Love doesn’t mean; that would be lust. Oftentimes people mistake sex for love. I feel sorry for them. They will die without love. Love of self, love of others can only come from the heart; not from hormones. I don’t care if I’m the only human on planet earth that feels this way, I will remain authentic and true to my beliefs; and my faith. I love to love. That’s it…I just love to love.
Name : Norman D. Gajowiak