Narrative Reflection: An interview with my father, Dave Debs

Until I managed to stumble across this subject, I had never fully appreciated the value of narrative reflection in any context. Yet here I was sitting face to face with my own father, learning things I’d never even bothered to ask in my 21 year tenure in his life.

I have a very unique relationship with my dad, and it’s something I am incredibly grateful for. I have 3 other siblings who have all moved elsewhere from where I grew up, as well as my mother. Despite this, Dad has always stuck with me and maintained that he would provide for me until I graduate and have the means to provide for myself.

Because of our close relationship, It’s hard to describe any sort of chat with my dad as anything but casual. But one thing I always knew about my dad was his own capacity for reflection. Being a professional musician for in excess of 30 years has formulated his ability to romanticise with words.

His softly spoken and modest approach to his career has always centred around 3 factors:

  • Love
  • Family
  • Respect

It is through these words where I believe anyone can draw inspiration for their future endeavours. Love for what you do, family at the heart of why you do it, and respect for others along the way.

The assessment asked us to align ourselves with someone who works professionally in a way that is relevant to our future. Whilst I can honestly say I do not aspire to be a professional musician, I can draw inspiration from how my dad’s career narrative and professional values have been co-developed. When I think of the word ‘values’, I am drawn to the sense that these are inherited traits. ‘Values’ are not necessarily a concept that people identify with until they first have an understanding of what it is they value themselves. Fortunately, I was taught from a young age what it means to be a good person. Values are at the heart of every choice we make in life, whether it be in a personal or professional context.

In light of this, I intend to carry these principles to assist me with my own career narrative, placing love, family and respect at the heart of every professional choice I make. On the way to forming my own career path it is important to recognise that whilst I didn’t take inspiration to become a musician, I was drawn to the values that I inherited from a young age from my dad’s career path.

Through the class discussion I learned that other people could connect with the notion that values are invariably an inherited trait. I sensed that there was a similarly profound admiration for a lot of our parents and caregivers in the room, which is a sacred bond that people hold onto irrespective of their age. For me it was important to recognise that there are very few things in life we are capable of learning completely on our own, and that it is always important to recognise the driving factors behind our ability to achieve anything in life. Whilst we do not always draw career inspiration from our family, it is the inherited values we take on that will hold us in good stead for whatever the future brings.


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About alexdebs

Third year Bachelor of Communications and Media studies student at the University of Wollongong. I am an aspiring journalist with a passion for sport, music and travel.
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