I went from being in home personal care assistant to working as a program counselor at multiple group homes for primarily kids with pervasive developmental disorders (think autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, etc). I’m what the company calls a specialist which means I’m trained in at multiple houses so I can fill in whenever. The pay was a massive boost and a lot of weeks I’ll have mandatory overtime.
Now the real post: it’s hard. Harder than I imagined it would be. I’ve learned manual restraints and used them, I’ve been slapped in the face on multiple occasions, and today I didn’t give my consumer enough scheduling and he hauled off and hit another staff, which lead to a 40 minute episode. My boss gave me some pointers and told me not to get discouraged but I had to fight very hard not to break down. For the first time, I had to question if I had made a mistake. If I wasn’t cut out for this job or worse, if I was doomed to be sub-par at it.
But as soon as that happened, I realized that it’s okay. I might find this isn’t the job for me and that I would do better elsewhere but I don’t see that happening. All it does is make me want to push harder and learn more so I can be better. Because these kids deserve it. Yeah they might spit, hit, and throw epic tantrums, but they are still some of the sweetest people I have ever met and it makes every day worth it knowing that I’ve helped them in some way. I love my job.
So long winded way of saying: find something you love and dive right in. Hating your job is not all you can hope for in life. Ideally, you’ll love coming in to work and feel as satisfied about what you do as I feel right now.
STORY IDEA: YOUR DOOR BELL RINGS AND ITS A PERSON FROM AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE “I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER AND I KNOW HOW IT ENDS AND I WANNA CHANGE IT”
WHY DID YOU DO THAT TO ME
plot twist: the person who rings the doorbell is your favorite book character
don’t date someone that promises you forever. date someone who acknowledges that life happens, that people change, that things may get in the way. date someone who despite knowing all of that, tries their hardest for your relationship.
the origons of Ouija boards are funny if you think about it like they’re part of an another country (China)’s ancient history that was practiced until one emporer decided “You know what this is probably a bad idea” and banned the practice.
then centuries later an old buisnessman comes along and is like “I’m going to take this and market it as a toy to children.”
Which is the exact plot of Yu-Gi-Oh