That's how I get to introduce myself now. I got a job today at Arden Shore Child and Family Services, I'm going to be a therapist/case manager at one of their group homes for foster kids. I'll have a caseload of 7 kids age 11-15 that I'll do individual and group therapy with, and I get to go to all their school meetings, DCFS meetings, and testify for them in court. I'm pumped about the job, it's exactly what I wanna do. I've dreamt of being a therapist for adolescents since I was 16 years old. It's kinda surreal I've actually made it; my dream came true. Crazy.
However, the one downside is that the job is in Waukegan, IL, about 45 minutes north of where I live now, which is already in a suburb north of the city. So achieving my dream of being a therapist inadvertantly shattered my other dream of living in the city, 'cause there's no way I could handle that commute. I was really looking forward to being in the city so I could be around people my own age again and in walking distance of bars and trains and dance studios. So I'm a little worried about what this job is gonna do to my social life. I'm already kinda isolated in the suburbs, and the three friends who live near me are either moving away or getting married and having a baby within the next few months, so then I'll be even more alone. Is the cool job worth being lonely and isolated in the suburbs? Sometimes I wonder if I might be happier living in the city and just taking a job at jamba juice for a year. But no, saving the children is more important than my need for fun and friends. That's what I keep telling myself :-/