I’ve Waited Years for This!
A few Sundays ago, I was sitting in church. Something told me to check my email and I did. Do you know what I saw??! THIS!
“First of all thank you for applying for the CORE/RYS Mental Health Therapist position with the YMCA Youth & Family Services. We appreciate your interest in our organization and your commitment to working with children and families within our community for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. We all have really enjoyed speaking with you and getting to know you over the course of the phone as well as the face-to-face interviews. The team and I have been impressed with your background and approach to social work and would love for you to join our work family. “
Do y’all know what that means?! It means they just offered me a position as a MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST! Me!? They want me! 😱😳😅
This means, that THIS will be the start of my career. You know the one that I went to school so long for. You know the one I studied so hard for. You know the one I kept going after every setback for. You know the one I’m in $109,000 worth of debt for! You know the one I got dismissed from my Masters program and had to fight to get back in for. THAT ONE!
This is the most exciting time ever!!
Wait, whoa, naw it AINT! Yeah I was excited when I read that email, but that’s not ALL I was. Chile I felt so many different emotions that I couldn’t even feel that excitement anymore. I felt nervous! I felt afraid! I felt apprehensive! I felt joyful! I felt thankful! I felt doubtful! I knew I worked hard for this moment. I had turned down a few other counseling positions because they didn’t really feel right to me. But this one, I felt like it was the right environment for me. I felt like I could hit the ground running here and learn and be supported. Wait! Am I ready!? My internship didn’t allow me to do actual talk therapy! What if I don’t have a clue of what to say!? What if the kids can see how nervous I am!? What if I suck!? Whoa girl! Chill! You GOT THIS! You’ve done the work. You’ve studied. You’ve gotten your license. While yes, you don’t know EVERYTHING, you do know SOMETHING, but more importantly, you know SOMEONE who will carry you EVERY step of the way! God will provide in every area where I am weak! They trust me to help these kids! They see that I possess the necessary skills and that I am capable. I trust God to help me to help them!
Like yes, I have had several different jobs in the field on psychology, but this is what I’ve actually wanted to do. I’ve done research. I’ve done referrals. But this time, I, Maya Reneé Robinson, get to be the one who sits in the chair and does the work with the client. No more sending them to other counselors. It’s ME, I’m the one who gets to get my hands dirty (figuratively) with them! I get to help them to make positive changes in their lives. I get to encourage others to reach their highest potential. I get to help others to learn about different tools that they can use to live an optimal life. Y’all hear me, I GET TO HELP PEOPLE EVERY DAY!!! 🤗😆 I’ve waited years for this! As of Monday, September 24, 2018, it’s official, I’m a practicing counselor!
Y’all, please don’t ever give up on your dreams! I don’t care how dark it seems to get, NEVER GIVE UP! I don’t care how many obstacles are thrown your way, keep fighting for what you believe in. This has been a long time coming for me and trust me when I say, there were MANY times where I doubted myself and wondered if maybe I had just heard God incorrectly, or even worse, just made it up! I graduated over two years ago and got my license almost two years ago and I still wasn’t doing what I knew in my heart that I was supposed to be doing. But guess what, RIGHT NOW, I’m right where I’m supposed to be! If God told you something, follow through! Believe His report no matter how far fetched it seems or how much differently it looks from you current circumstances.
Never be afraid to dream. Never be afraid to put in the work to accomplish the dreams and visions that God has placed inside of you. Never be afraid to try until you get it right. Never be afraid to admit that you’re struggling, while you’re on the path to accomplish your dreams. But most importantly, NEVER EVER EVER EVER GIVE UP!