Time will fly by before one knows it! It did for me. It felt like I have only written my last post in the blogosphere a few days ago. But hell and damnation, NOOOO!! I published my previous blog entry August 15 of last year! It’s been nine months since. Nine long months?! I can’t believe it! What have I been doing?! (Excuse me for sounding a bit hysterical here!!) It’s really been too long. I didn’t want to sound overly dramatic but I had to rack my brain and summon all memory cells just in case.
My sole excuse – WORK. I spend more than 10 hours a day doing ACTUAL work. From seven in the morning to seven pm and at times going beyond as needed. As a behavioral therapist I go by this routine from Mondays to Fridays. Saturday afternoons are also allotted for work (I know right!).
My day basically starts two hours earlier than seven. From 5am to 6am, I try to do all of the following: waking up, bathing, dressing, drying hair, eating “breakfast”-usually just coffee or crackers/bread/cookies and coffee. Worst case scenario, chips and coffee. I too wonder how I can do all that in an hour.
Moving on, from 6am to 6:45am, I commute from our place to my client’s house as I need to prepare her for her class for the day. I ride the jeepney going to the MRT station. I take the train and get off it a few stations later. Then, I ride a tricycle. Twice y’all! TWICE! before reaching my client’s house. Yes, I take public transportation! I like to be practical. It’s hard to earn a living. I might as well spend my money wisely.
Rest day/s are for running errands, doing the laundry, oversleeping, attending mass, watching Chinese and Korean dramas, YouTube videos and reading. As much as possible, I try to do all these. I rarely travel due to the bad case of traffic in Metro Manila which by the way should not be taken lightly (It’s a no brainer!). I didn’t want to spend my precious time in the back seat of a car that’s stuck in a third world traffic. I. Would. Rather. Walk. Been there, done that.
I have always been thankful for the work that I’ve done for the past two years. It gave me a different kind of satisfaction. As a Behavioral Therapist, I’m doing the kind of work that I can never experience while donning my nurse’s uniform within the premises of the hospital. I am changing the lives of kids under the spectrum who are alienated by the same society to which they belong. I am educating and raising awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder among families whose member/s are within the spectrum. I work with case managers, parents and their other family members in executing individualized ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) programs.
When I sent in my CV for this position, I wasn’t expecting much. I just wanted a change of work environment. Little did I know that the change I allowed myself to be in will greatly affect me later on. As the days passed, I felt like I didn’t have enough time to learn all the things I need to know. I was constantly seeking to better myself. But I realized how important it was to wait and that I cannot rush things to happen. That change will not take place overnight. It was a powerful reminder that so often, the end cannot be seen in the beginning. I can only do my best. And Time? I have all the time. 🙂