Friday, June 27, 2008

career mindedness and more in friday's feast 195

june 27 2008



Appetizer

What is the weather like today where you live?

The night was lukewarm and humid,
the morning clouded, but with a pleasant temperature,
the afternoon sunny and very hot,
the evening rainy and
now it's humid and a bit fresh.

Soup

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how career-minded are you?

I wanted to be a mom... career-minded: 100%
I wanted to be a ballet dancer... 100%
I wanted to be a traveller.... noop

The career that entered my life was that of a psychologist.
I wanted to work in a hospital and I managed to get a place when I studied and some years after that.

In those years only 10 psychologists worked in hospitals.
All men.
I didn't mind the men's culture, as I was already used to it because of my work during my studies (I studied and worked at the same time).
But they were very protective about their work.

I was asked to work at a neonatology unit, but I considered myself too young.
Stupid, I know that now.

After that I devoted my time and energy to my family, and worked as a volunteer psychologist with parents of deceased babies during the evenings/nights and in the weekends.
I've done this for over 20 years.

Because autism was a subject that interested me tremendously, I've always studied and kept myself updated.
Nature gave me 4 boys with autism spectrum disorder, so I don't have only theoretical knowledge, but I've experienced the ins and outs of autism in many ways.

Right now I'm trying to get acknowledgement for my experiences and knowledge.
I don't have the money nor the time to get registered.
(A register was installed after I finalized my studies. It costs a lot, and the requirements don't lead to much more knowledge but to larger wallets of others who already earn enough.)
Right now I advice parents about upbringing, school and other areas of life, and I'm thinking about starting my own advice centre as soon as three of my boys have found their paths in life and my autistic son accepts other people to care for him.

I'm not sure how much career-minded I am, because often I dream about an easy life somewhere in the mountains or near the sea.

Salad

What type of window coverings do you have in your home? Blinds, curtains, shutters, etc.?

Curtains everywhere, but the livingroom also has vertical blinds to protect us from the sun.

Main Course

Name something that instantly cheers you up.

When the girls are around, when people really want my advice, when a friend shows up.

Dessert

How many times do you hit the snooze button on a typical morning?

Only once.
And it isn't a snooze, but music.

I fall asleep with the radio on, and I wake up with the radio on.
In between it's off.

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1 comment:

  1. What a very well thought Friday's Feast you had today! I also fall asleep listening to the radio (with my headphones), but unlike you, I keep them on during the night, thus ensuring that I never get a good sleep. I should stop.

    Have a good weekend! Here is my feast.

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