I was talking to a friend of mine on Twitter about her tattoo. She has a blue button flower tattooed on her arm and I was commenting on how delicate it is. She told me she hopes to fill her arm with a bouquet over time. I think that's a fantastic idea, even though I am more covert with my tattoo placement in general. The idea of doing one thing nicely at a time is a good meditation for me as a social worker.
Someone asked what is going to get me down as I trudge the road of happy destiny, I mean, my MSW degree. So many things. Anything really. Or I can choose to turn it inside out and instead of focusing on the bleak, focusing in on the gifts every day has to offer. Maybe I missed my calling as a Hallmark Card writer. Maybe not. The basic principle I try to live by is being right sized and taking things as they come and trying to remember that no matter how freaked out I may or may not want to get, there is probably not a tiger chasing me. So I can relax a bit about whatever it is and accept it as yet another opportunity to learn about the human experience so maybe I can help someone else along the way?
My role in my educational journey is to examine every part of it and extract what I can from it, be it homework, parenting, relationship opportunities, and of course: work itself. I am working very hard to use what I have learned in the program I am in thus far to the work I do every day, the life I lead. I believe it is important to be ready to take the wheel of life when it comes but not push myself there before I or the situation has ripened.
Much of what I have learned to date is that the field of Social Work confirms what I knew before embarking on this journey. Such as the fact that programs are diminishing and there is a huge need for a large-scale revamp. Jane Addams is turning over in her grave. Of course I will raise my voice when it's needed but I have learned by way of experience that hollering doesn't always pack the most punch in changing things.
As for the culture of the D/L community, I want to make myself available as a social networking partner. If people need assistance with blogging or facebook or twitter or any of the rest, let me know and we can schedule some time. I am grateful to have such a group of intelligent, driven individuals that I already feel I can call most any time for support be it scholastic or otherwise.
So here is to tattoos and flowers and Hallmark and Jane Addams and the future of Social Work!