Today’s Day Eight Reverb13 prompt is as follows:
What went right in 2013? Maybe you didn’t quit smoking or lose those pounds or go to Paris, but something did work, did happen, and/or was realized. What was it?
In 2013, a lot of things went right. A few things went wrong, and a lot more fell through the cracks, in between. They just “went.” As DSB says, “it is what it is.” He actually says that so much it is annoying, but I think after reflecting upon this past year, there is some truth to it.
Sometimes we have to accept our circumstances for what they are. And I have had to do a lot of accepting over the past year. This coming April will be two years that I have not worked a “regular, full-time” job. I have been working 15 hours each week for my parents in a very low-stress, flexible way. I didn’t work much last year (2012) because I was struggling so much with my mental health, but I worked the full season this year, and I think that is definitely something that has “gone right.”
My little job gives me a sense of purpose and makes me feel like I am helping my parents out, which is especially a good feeling, because they do so much for me above and beyond. My little job gives me structure, too. Three days a week, I know where I will be and what I will be doing. It isn’t a glamorous job, but it is rewarding and easy. I get to interact with people, use my brain a little, and get out of the house. That may not sound like much, but I think it is a lot of what is helping me keep it together.
Unlike any other job I have had, I have never called-in last minute, never faked sick, never walked off. I’m not sure I’ve even had a sick day, although I did miss a couple of days when I broke my foot early 2013 and missed a few days when I did my last group therapy session. That is a new record for me. I think most of it has to do with the fact that I have a lot of respect for my parents and I don’t want to put them in a bind.
I don’t know what the future holds for me, job-wise. I know I can’t return to the stress of working in the mental health field, and I probably can’t manage full-time employment. Hopefully I can keep going on working for my parents for some time to come.