This is the first time I’m actually able to do one of these, so a special thanks to Ashley Leia at Mental Health @ Home for nominating me for the Blogging Chums Award.
The Blogging Chums Award is given to particularly brilliant bloggers who are really providing something special to the community, either through their writing or the way they engage with other people: they’re just brilliant! The award was created by Robert at The Non-Alcoholic Student.
Here are the rules:
1. Be sure to use the award image!
2. List the rules & about paragraph!
3. Thank whoever nominated you!
4. Write a letter to someone who means a lot to you to spread some positivity around the Internet – anyone will do!
5. Nominate 5-10 more people for the award and go let them know about it in their comments!
To my 8th grade counselor,
I know it is strange hearing from me now, I’m a grown woman, almost 30. I’ll leave it to you to figure out how long ago that means my 8th grade year was for both of us. We’ve had some contact since then and I remain grateful for that contact. You, somehow, were even there for me when I was in an abusive marriage and reached out to you because you were the only person that I felt I could trust at the time. I just wanted to let you know, I left that marriage. I finished my Bachelors degree. Then I got a Masters degree. I became a teacher with every intention of becoming a school counselor. I was inspired by you.
You were one of the only people who made me feel seen and heard in those days. Even though it made my parents furious, I was so grateful to have an outlet for my feelings. I know you had so many other things to do but you let me come and chill on the couch in the dim room with the water fountain for as long as I needed. Those were the days before I was afraid of speaking up. Counseling/therapy looks a lot different for me now. I don’t say much. I’ve been pretty shut down. But, I think I want to change that. Remembering how it felt to have you hear me, makes me want to do better in my therapy.
I know you’ll never stumble upon this. I know you will never read it but I’m saying it anyway. I am so thankful to you. I am still kind of following in your footsteps. I’m becoming a counselor, just not a school counselor. You may very well be the reason I am still alive today. I’m not sure. But, I do know I owe you a lot. And, I hope that I am able to pass it forward in my work in the future.
With so much gratitude,
Nominees (hopefully the links work):