Not a very long time ago, someone said to me, "you like to talk about your childhood........" I wasn't sure if she said it because she got tired of listening to my endless childhood adventures, or because she thought I have nothing else to talk about because my present grown-up life isas plain dull. Well, she was right aboutthe latter. I work with homeless men and women in recovery and in domestic violence situation. How dull can you get?
I have to admit, advocating, counseling, listening, assisting, supporting, assessing and all that come with this line of work is far from boring to individuals who are really into social work. I met people at parties, summer cook-outs and gatherings who firmly believed that the undesireable compensation in social work is the main factor that throw them off if they were ever considering another career. Well, they are absolutely right. Unless they happen to be part of Doctor Drew's team in Celebrity Rehab or some private super expensive rehabilitation centers for the rich and famous people, the compensation is probably half of they are taking home.
Some people do not want to hear about other people unfortunate life, especially when they are homeless, relapse, poor, sick, overdose, have their children removed from the home by social worker from (DCF) Department of Children and Family because of child abuse and neglect. I no longer surprise when I meet women who blame women in abusive relationships.
It is easy to talk, to pass a judgment and blame the victims when we sit outside the lines.