I honestly never thought I'd be here.
I'm an artist. A singer. A fiction writer. A stay-at-home mom. Once upon a time I was a teacher. But a "social worker"? I never would have guessed it.
I say that in quotes because I still don't really see what I do as social work. Or work, really. And that has taught me the most about the roles we play in life and those feelings of being unqualified or less-than.
I, on the other hand, am a quiet type. I like solitude. I shine one-on-one rather than in a group. I don't think very fast on my feet. I need lots of rest to function. I'm a listener. I'm a be-er. But it turns out that we needed that at Redwood, too.
As soon as I realized that and started working out of my strengths instead of bemoaning my weaknesses, I started making a difference, both in other people's lives, and in my own. And it made for a pretty tattoo.
Be you. Shine in the unique way only you can. Take that thing that you do well, and do it for someone else. That will make all the difference.