Its been a few weeks since I working on this series. A lot has happened. I am in my last few days at the Goodwill Job Training Program. It has been eye opening. I want to give a Shout Out to the staff at the South Everett Goodwill Job Training Retail program. You have given me a chance to get my umph back. I thought that half of me was gone forever or at least taking a very long nap. I would definetly recommened this to anyone that needs help with starting over.
I have started going to see a doctor recently. It feels great to be established again. Hopefully this will be the beginning of my body healing and adjusting back to life in society. I have even joined a gym to exercise more. It is wonderful to have my friend who has been amazing and keeping me accountable with well lots of things. She and many others have been cheering me on when I thought I couldn’t mold back into the dream.
I have a great mom and family that has been keeping an eye on me from afar. Thanks Mom, Dad, and Banananut. My relatives have been cheering me on from all sides of the globe! It has been great. Plus when I am sharing pictures of my cooking adventures I have a great compliment waiting for me.
There is so much I want to share so hopefully this weekend will be a double hitter on the posting of the blogs. Until then lets stay safe out there. Please…
For the first time I am taking the steps I needed to actually do this. Between learning how to cook and bake things. To going out and talking with people in real life. These are things people do. A few weeks ago I began taking bus rides in my area. I felt so excited and nervous. It was also a milestone because that was how I traveled for many years. Walking and riding the bus in the greater Seattle area.
It has been brought to my attention by various people in my journey in life that I didn’t know how to drive. Well up until recently I was ashamed of that fact. I joke that my father felt that I shouldn’t because it took a lot of concentration to be able to keep my eye on the road and not get into an accident or anything of the sort. So from 12th grade on I practiced the art of taking the bus. It started around the White Center area where we were living when. I learned to memorize the routes and landmarks so I could get to school and home without needing too much help. I was lucky that my school was on a community college site and that one bus when back and forth in my neighborhood. This began my need to get around without asking for a ride. Sure at times I needed help but the thrill of knowing where to go and how to get there was a strong feeling. It got to the point that I was giving people advice on how to get to and from places. Now that is powerful. During my separation and into my divorce part of my life I had to learn from scratch to I could have my son ready to be picked up from our apartment area down to work and back before he got home. I started adding the taxi system at this point because it was a new area and I needed that extra confidence that things would work out.
So even though in some ways I am a little behind the curve… that didn’t mean I couldn’t make up the distance in other ways. Imagine my joy when these smart devices came out. I finally was able to get real-time information at just a click speed. So thus ends this chapter of my training life. Join me next time as we learn how I am getting back on my feet.
Until then take care of yourself so you can take care of others!