All of us have gone through an experience where we felt alone. Nobody understands. You feel isolated. What happens when you go through this stage? How do you overcome the loneliness?
Whenever I speak to friends, co-workers, students and parents about a discerning situation, I often remind them they are not the only ones going through whatever it is they are going through. I also advise them to read a book or to talk to other people going through similar situations.
This is something that is so easy to advise and say, but doing so is the hard part. It is so intimidating to talk to others about such personal and sensitive topics. I don't know about you, but I am a crier! I hate it, but I cry when I express my thoughts and feelings. I then feel vulnerable and I wish I could just speak without tears building up in my eyes. So speaking up about a situation and seeking help is one of the hardest things for me to do.
I think about my students going through this when they get older and become more self-conscious. Are they going to have the confidence to seek guidance? I think about the parents and family members working hard to help their loved one. Are they seeking guidance on how to care for their loved ones and most importantly, how to care for their own emotions and health?
There is so much knowledge out there, but locating specific knowledge can be difficult. As a new professional, I come across many concerns. I have tons of questions. Luckily I have an awesome licensed speech therapist who supervises me and offers tons of advice. I also have the opportunity to attend conventions, such as the Texas Speech and Hearing Association Convention in Houston next Wednesday through Saturday.
I enjoy attending conventions because that’s where you get to hear more concerns and solutions from other professionals. This is where I have to be vulnerable (and hold back my tears) to ask questions and let others know I don’t know everything. But I leave feeling like a better speech therapist!
What about you? Where do you go for guidance? How do you overcome that lonely feeling? Have you found an amazing group open to the community that you would like to share with others?