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Hello, everyone. I really should have more time to post/read since . . . wait for it . . .

I lost my job. Sigh, I hate being the cliched American Male who has a crisis of identity because he gets fired. I'll get it figured it out, eventually. Michigan's crappy economy isn't really helping either.

The upside of the situation is that my job was really sucking at the end. The first couple of weeks didn't even feel bad, the relief from stress/pain was greater than the sadness of getting fired.

Trying to decide what I want to be now. I'm coming to the conclusion that I'm too emotional to be an addictions therapist, and the same might be true of the mental health side of therapy, too. I can't seem to build a strong enough emotional boundary, one that would keep me from getting drained by my client's pain. It happens a lot in this field, but I, just like everyone else who discovers this, never thought I'd be one of "those therapists" with no stamina.

Any suggestions? Rodeo clown sounds like fun.

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xerofilter
Nov. 10th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
You could always sell your body to old men for cash. I've been unemployed for four months. I'm seriously thinking about it.
hapgood
Nov. 10th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
you mean I don't have to pay them? Dammit, they've been fooling me for years!
xerofilter
Nov. 10th, 2007 08:12 am (UTC)
you've been gypped!!
hapgood
Nov. 10th, 2007 08:24 am (UTC)
gypped, poked, groped, . . .
fallenpegasus
Nov. 10th, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
I got fired June 2006. It was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

Travel, on the cheap. See friends, meet new friends. Volunteer to speak at events. Volunteer at a theater. Learn something new, then offer to teach it. Do something different.

Now is your chance to be forced to remake yourself. Don't try to find a job like your old job. Don't try to "find a job".

Find yourself.
fairiegodmother
Nov. 10th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
:::hugs:::
Condolences re your loss. This might sound strange but I feel absolutely certain this is the right time for a change-and that what comes next will be a far better fit for you than what has come before..

Rodeo clown is nothing to sniff at-those folks work hard and they have fun doing it. They can dress up or down, get to wear make-up, make hearts glad and keep cowboys safe for their next rodeo. What's not to love?

Ever hear the tradition of the sacred clowns in history? I hadn't until one of the last times I went to church..

If you have time to review my links and user profile, some of that stuff there might resonate as to the changes underway-but you tell me.

Am certain you're gonna land on your feet.
vagabondshoes
Nov. 10th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Well that's a bummer about your job. Nursing and physical therapy are in demand right now. Would require more schooling, though. Are you qualified for medical social work? That might be less draining, although I don't know much about it.

Thanks for the xanax info. I didn't realize it was so addictive, but it makes sense because I have wanted more ever since I first had a pill! It's sooo relaxing... I suppose I should try something else, because I don't want to abuse it, and I probably would.
hawthorn_hobbit
Nov. 11th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
Oh HUGS!!! Haven't heard from yah in ever and this!

Getting fired can be the best thing in the world! Explore something new! And look outside your normal career path.
You'll be surprised what you can get with a good degree.
hailpoetry
Nov. 12th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
I'm totally in the market for a personal assistant, but I'm afraid the pay and benefits pretty much begin and end with pudding cups at the moment...
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