As #SocialWorkAppreciationMonth comes to an end I wanted to share this with y’all:
While some may believe being a Social Worker isn’t this “fancy corporate job or career”, it’s true, but I will argue that being a social worker is EXTREMELY fulfilling. During my graduate internships and even now working in the field, I’ve met people from all walks of life and one thing I’ve learned is that everyone is fighting a battle within themselves that others sometimes know NOTHING about.
I admire those individuals that sit in that chair across from me and share their story.... without any filters. It takes great vulnerability, strength, courage and trust to share some of your most intimate thoughts, traumatic or special moments with a stranger (me), and it is an extreme privilege that I've never for one minute taken for granted. There are days that I am emotionally, mentally and physically drained because well: I AM HUMAN, but in the end, it is always worth it.
Being a social worker has taught me many vital lifelong lessons like to be patient, to listen, to be grateful for: life, family & friends, to think outside the box, to question and challenge oneself (and others), to be comfortable with the uncomfortable, to take on a different perspective, to give others the benefit of the doubt, to speak up, to say what you think, to mean what you say.
Working with geriatric (elderly/senior) patients, individuals full of wisdom and knowledge, and where therapy sessions are often spent reflecting on their lifetime, I have noticed certain recurring themes: words left unspoken, opportunities not taken, relationships left broken, love interests not pursued, love never found, world never explored and (unfortunately) in many cases what is a life full of regrets. I intend to take from patients experiences and learn to: say what I mean, take opportunities (no matter how scary they may be), put my ego aside and work out relationships, pursue love interests - even if it means getting my heart broken, travel to the most hidden corners of the world, and live a life with as little regrets as possible.
Life works in mysterious ways and I firmly believe we are all placed exactly where we’re meant to be. Individuals come to therapy in search of change, insight, knowledge, strength, support. But what’s truly remarkable is that they [ unknowingly ] teach ME so much invaluable knowledge. The period in which we meet may sometimes be short but ALWAYS so impactful. And I’ll forever be grateful for them.
Shout out to all the amazing social workers being agents of change. Your work and talent never goes unnoticed.
Happy Social Work Month 2018.