Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Believe it or not...

..I'm passionate about something other than Twilight, Rob Pattinson, and beauty products. Even though I do tend to daydream a little, or a lot, at times, I still have so many things going on in the here and now that I really love and care about. One of those things is my husband, who will be leaving for airborne school Thursday and will be gone for 3 weeks. I am going to be so lonely without him, and I will miss him terribly. It is nothing compared to a deployment, but I'm still not looking forward to it. He is my best friend, and I just don't feel complete unless I get to see him every day. Thankfully, though, I have some wonderful friends here who are always great company, and my mom is coming during her spring break, which is only a couple weeks away. I am really looking forward to seeing her and spending time with her since I miss her tons.

I'm also passionate about my chosen profession, which is counseling, and the way that it enables me to help people who are hurting or confused or angry or various other things. I want to get better and better every day as a therapist, just as I want to grow every day as a person. I watched a documentary tonight on PBS about 4 teenagers who were all learning how to deal with being blind, and it was so moving seeing how much they had to deal with and still did not give up. I would love to work with people with special needs someday, and their families, too. The Army has this Exceptional Family Members Program, and I think it would be so cool to be a counselor for them. I was truly blessed to have the chance to work with the kidos at ACI; even though that job was both mentally and physically exhausting at times, it taught me so much about Autism, behavior, and working with children who see the world a little differently. My mom, since I said that I wanted to be a therapist, has encouraged me to work with kids with special needs and their families; I think she knew that after growing up around people with special needs (my cousin has CP and my grandma has been in a wheel chair for most of my life), I could really understand what these families go through when they find out that their child is not going to be what they had always imagined. It doesn't mean that they still can't have a wonderful life, but it is just going to be a lot different than they originally planned.

Anyhow, just a few thoughts I felt like writing about.

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