Never too late

I have a meeting Tuesday morning that I am pretty excited for. It’s an assessment where you go through vigorous tests to determine your best skills. By the end of the assessment, the case manager should have a good idea of what kind of work you can do.

I haven’t spoken much about my job situation, but all I can say is worker’s comp – has been a life saver. Not only did my last job result in becoming very ill and developing a lung disease – but it also resulted in a lot of anxiety, stress and burn out.

I was doing a job I was way over qualified for at a lower wage than I should have accepted. But it was a foot in the door to a permanent job in the public sector. I thought it was what I wanted.

Now that I’ve had time to heal, focus on getting healthy, and through therapy sessions – I realize the important thing that has always mattered ot me is helping people.

Even though this blog, writing about coping techniques and passing on wisdom about dealing with anxiety, depression and grief – I become extremely passionate and can talk for hours to people about their problems.

I guess I mostly pull from my own life experiences.

I’m thinking a lot about what kind of skills I have. For the last year, I have not been using my skills. Event planning was always something I was good and used it a lot in this job. But when community sized events were put on hold – that took away most of my job.

Most of my day was spent at the office trying to look busy and there’s nothing worse than that. Then I started getting really sick – with the bronchitis in August-November, I probably should have been in the hospital. That’s how sick I was. Even my doctor couldn’t figure out what it was.

But after a few months away from the office, my lungs started clearing up, I started sleeping again and I felt better overall. Then COVID hit, I gained some weight – but I’m back on track.

I’m really excited to be able learn some new skills on top of building on my skills I already have.

  • Writing, blogging, digital marketing
  • Music, music videos, audio editing, podcasts
  • Creating social media art – banners, thumbnails, book covers
  • Designing websites using WordPress and Wix
  • Event planning – but it became very stressful
  • Building networks, promotions, community outreach

These are ALL things I enjoy doing – but most of all, I need to be in a job that matters. Contributing to a cause or helping people with disabilities or health issues.

I loved my time working in health and miss the work we did there. Reducing the stigma of mental health issues in children and youth – I excelled at that job.

I’m really good at research and compiling reports with said research. So, I’m exploring some courses I could take for under a year.

That means – no buying a home any time soon. Training will be at least 44 weeks depending on what course I look into. I don’t think I could do more than a year.

Options:

  • Community support worker
  • Life skills coach or trainer (brain injury rehabilitation)
  • Trauma counselor
  • Grief counselor

Lord knows, I’ve had my share of grief – more than one person should in one lifetime. That’s what you get – life as a church organist for 15 years.

And so, now that I’ve come up with this plan – and I hope to god, it gets approved – I’m sitting back with a drink in hand and celebrating life for what is has to offer.

Here’s a little song that I wrote today to express everything I’ve been feeling.

It’s never too late to chase your dreams. It’s never too late to make positive changes in your life. It’s never too late to show someone you care.

Happy Friday.

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