I’ve learned a lot my first week back to college and training, but the most important thing I’ve learned so far, has been that I’m on the right path. Things just seem to line up when you’re following your core values, and I’ve never been more comfortable. Sure, the week was full of nerves and the inevitable hiccups along the way, but I’m happy, and what I’m doing is only reaffirming that.
My first day back to college was the 9th. I was all set to go, or at least I thought so! 😛 I had the wrong book, so my day actually started with a trip to my school to get the right book. It wasn’t as bad as I was told to expect. I got my book with little issue. I got a perfect score on my first quiz, so I think I’m off to a good start! This week I need to study my materials on essay writing. I’ll have to turn in a lot of papers!
My first assignment touched on a lot of things, but was focused primarily on what art is, and what the role of an artist is. I was tickled that “aesthetics” that philosophical word that so alluded me, was literally the first thing I studied. I’m enjoying this class a lot. I find it challenging, but not overwhelming. Thankfully, the same can be said of my peer support training!
I’m really enjoying my Peer Support Training with PSA! I’ve already taken an opportunity to tour the Northwest Studio so I can share the experience with my studio, and anyone who wants to visit for field trips. Even though I’m not peer support yet, I can still take action, and help others.
Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters (although it can be provided by peers without training), and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, listening, or counseling. – Wiki
I have never been more sure that I’m on the right path. This career is so in line with my own personal goals, and core beliefs, even on occasion when I need to fight to defend it! It’s unfortunate that so many people see these government programs for the poor or disabled as “entitlements”. I sure hope none of those people ever need some help, should they become disabled. People ask; “Why should I pay for someone else’s care?” Well, I think community (regardless of religion) shows us the benefits! I’m getting educated, so I can help others do the same. We can all become independent! I don’t understand why anyone thinks it’s better to do things alone. I feel sorry for our congress, and the hard lessons we’re going to learn as a country, if we decide not to care for our sick and poor. I will always be an advocate for mental health, as long as I live!
Advocacy is not for everyone, but if you feel so inclined, I invite you to share your story with NAMI; the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I know I did! It might be a small thing, but we can take action to at least let our voices and recoveries be heard! Let’s work together to fight stigma!
Harper has been hiding in my purse every day this week! Just having him with me makes me feel calm. ❤ Even someone brimming with confidence can benefit from an adorable sense of security! Plus I like having him around, should the opportunity for photos come about!