2 1/2 years ago, I got a job at Transitions, Inc. in Idaho Falls, which is a State Developmental Disabilities Agency. I worked as a therapy technician helping adults with special needs. This was the summer before I went to my first semester at college. Before I got the job, I was completely lost about what I wanted to major in. I couldn't think of anything that held my interest enough to make a living out of it. I was so confused and didn't know what direction to take. Once I'd been working there for about a month, it hit me. I absolutely LOVED my job! I found myself excited to go into work every day. So I decided to major in Special Education. And that's one of the best decisions I've made in my life!
Between every semester at college, I'd come back and work. Then last summer, I heard that it was closing. I was so incredibly disappointed! My favorite job was suddenly gone. So I put in applications at different places, and the first day I went job hunting, I got an interview at The Adventure Center, which is the same type of thing. I was so blessed to get that job! I absolutely love it, just as much, if not more, than Transition's. They're both good companies, and I work with amazing people at both.
It's a very high stress job at times, and definitely a hard job to do, but I wouldn't trade it for anything! Why do I love it so much?! Well, here's the reasons!
Every morning when I walk into work, I'm greeted by my clients with huge smiles and high fives and people exclaiming, "Kesha's here!" It's the greatest welcoming party ever! It literally makes the day shine brighter.
This is the most rewarding job EVER! These amazing children of God want to be just like everyone else, and I get to help them learn new skills that will help them on their way to independence. Seeing them make progress is the greatest feeling ever!
I think these guys teach me more than I could ever teach them. I learn something new every day! Some people teach me to be happy about everything. They show me that it's easy to have a smile on all day, and that it's easy to smile at someone else and make them happy. Others teach me patience. It's OK to do things differently. I've learned to slow down a little. Things don't have to be as fast paced as the world is becoming. I've learned that I can do hard things and do immediate, urgent problem solving. I've learned how to look at EVERYONE as a child of God. I've learned to count my blessings and to be grateful for the abilities I have.
I've been truly humbled by this experience. I've developed a love for every single client, even the ones who might be hard to love sometimes. It's so hard not to love them or be frustrated with them for too long. Impossible even! They all have such sweet spirits. I can't wait to get my degree so I can do even more!