I believe that everything has a purpose. Each day, each struggle, and each joyous moment serves a purpose. I am a person that has been taught that hard work is the key to success. I have consistently been employed since the age of thirteen. My employment history has ranged from jobs such as babysitting, tutoring, and a paper route. When I turned sixteen, I finally applied for my first real job. To be honest my first job was practically handed to me because my mom was employed for the same company. I started to work at a personal care facility in the dietary department. Throughout my high school and college career, I have been working for the same company.
As time passed I have changed positions and have grown through the company. I have advanced and have become a crucial role within the company. To be frank, I have grown to hate my job and the drama that accompanies it. It takes every fiber of my being to get myself to work each day.
Within the past few months, I have finally found the purpose behind the job that I loathe walking into every day. As the days get longer and each day becomes more of a struggle due to the constant change in staff, I slowly began to find out what I want to do in my life.
In a personal care facility I work on average with eighty to ninety-five residents each day. Within this time period, I am responsible for another person’s life. I affect how they view the world. I step outside of my everyday life and persona and enter into someone else’s world. It is an experience that can never be put into worlds. Modern society and world issues are no longer within importance, but traditional values and racism is still fully blown and active. You become intertwined into their past lives, but also their interpretation of the changing world. You become their family. It becomes more than can be described on paper.
Aside from being able to escape the world as I know it, my job has taught me so much more. My job has told me that I never want to me in nursing. The complex nature of watching people die day in and day out does not appeal to me at all. With that said I have learned that I love working with people. I love human interaction and taking care of people. I have met amazing people who range from war heroes, children authors, CEOs, business owners, human rights activists, and so many more. I have learned that I am able to accommodate a wide variety of personalities. I also learned that I want to be able to organize and manage companies and affairs. My strength is not bossing people around, but simply to manage people and business affairs, and keeping things running smoothly.
I have simply learned that each job does not always turn into a career, but each job will teach you a lesson about life and what your purpose in life maybe. Each opportunity regardless if it may be at McDonald’s or Wal-mart can teach a person more than sitting at home waiting for the perfect opportunity to fall into your lap. It does not matter if you learn the lesson that you should never be responsible for feeding a large group of people, there was a lesson to learn. Each job you possess is one step closer to finding the perfect career. Each small job that has no relevance to your career teaches small skills such as customer service, dealing with cranky clients, and so much more.
As I write after a long 12 hour shift, I remember my purpose each day is to work with my amazing residents. My purpose each day is to become a stronger and well-rounded individual through labor intensive work. Although this could never be my end all be all career, I am learning and growing each day to become the person that I want to be. Down the road I will be able to take away so many amazing stories and opportunities that have been able to accomplish.