After yesterday’s “spasticity” battle, I realized that I forgot to share some exciting news: I GOT A JOB!
If you’ve read one of my older posts, Volunteering helps me concentrate on helping others!, you’ll know that I have been volunteering at a thrift store run by a great non-profit here in Arizona called Hospice of the Valley.
Volunteering gave me the “boost” I needed to step out of my self-imposed cage. Without the pressure of having a paying position, I was able to “test the waters” back out in the world.
The store opened in May of 2013, 14 months after my stroke. At that time, I still had a lot of trouble concentrating, holding conversations, and understanding instructions. Working more than 4 hours a day was exhausting. But I steadily improved. And I LOVED working again.
Today, I am ECSTATIC to announce: I HAVE BEEN HIRED as a permanent cashier for the store! I will be working 25 hours a week. And I will be once again: BRINGING HOME A PAYCHECK!
Volunteering enabled me to slowly integrate myself back into the business world without the fear of being fired or let go because of my disabilities.
I start my employment (vs volunteer) hours next week! I am excited to be an actual employee again, bringing home a check to help with the bills. It will feel great to know that in this small way, my husband will be able to relax a little knowing he’s not the sole provider.
If you take anything away from reading this post (other than my obvious joy), please let it be this: If you are not ready to get back into the working world, please consider volunteering. I had never volunteered before, and I tell people that volunteering, for me, was just as important, or maybe more so, than my weekly visits to my speech therapist, my PT and my OT.
I was able to get out there without the fear that if I was having a bad day and couldn’t go in, I wouldn’t be fired or let anyone down. They understood and there was no pressure. On days when I “wasn’t up to par”, but still went in, they gave me jobs that met my abilities for the day. There was always “something” I could do.
I have a new job because I stepped outside my comfort zone and gave it a try!