I must say when I started blogging I did not anticipate taking such a long break from my writing. This post is dedicated to explaining this lapse in MindOfASocialWorker and I am grateful for those who have missed my posts because this has spurred me back into action.
First of all let me say that it has been hard to channel the social work mind in the past couple of months. Yes I was going to work everyday and still doing social work but my blog material comes from that part of my work that pokes my creative side, that part of my work that inspires me and that has been missing. I found myself at a crossroad, having to make decisions about my career. To be honest I have been unhappy about the state of the social work profession in South Africa. The lack of recognition, the hard hitting poverty and socially demoralizing issues that you face everyday as a social worker…I will not even go into the low salary. I have felt de-motivated as yet another bunch of teenagers resorted to life back on the streets after what I presumed to be worthy interventions on my part to try and
change their lives for the better.
I have realized that I can only do so much…I can only help someone who needs to be helped and who is ready to receive the help. I went back to the basic definition of social work that I got in my first year of college which states that “social work is a profession that helps human beings to help themselves”. At the end of it all if an individual will not help themselves you cannot help them.
At this crossroad I found myself asking questions around my future in social work. In my unhappiness I realized that I did not want to do generic social work anymore. Specializing is the way to go if I am going to have a meaningful career in social work. So I toyed with the idea of doing my Masters Degree and have spent months trying to decide what to specialize in.This new found goal has given me a new lease of life and there will be lots of studying if I qualify but I think I am ready.
I have learnt in this period that when one door closes another one opens. I have reminded myself to never stop dreaming. There is a wise saying I came across that says “you will never see the rainbow if you never look up”. Up meaning we constantly need to aim higher
and find ways to redefine ourselves.
So I am back and you can look forward to more MindOfASocialWorker
posts. Back on my grind*big grin*