Years ago, I volunteered at a nursing home for a few hours per week. I would visit the elderly residents there and often play bingo with them.
During that time, I was a Human Services major at a community college, as I wanted to become a mental health worker. I wanted to volunteer at the home to try to help people as well as gain valuable experience working in the Human Services field.
Some of the residents there would tell me their personal problems, especially one lady.
She would tell me about
her personal issues. And after a while, she told me that she felt bad about
telling me her problems a lot.
However, what she didn't realize is that I wanted to hear the issues the residents had, including her. The reasons are that I wanted to help as many residents as I could. And I wanted experience in hearing people's problems. That way I could learn how much I can help people as well as learn what the limitations of helping people are. After all, when you're a mental health worker, hearing the problems of those you're trying to help is a big part of the job.
She felt bad about
telling me her problems a lot. But little did she know that by having me hear her issues, she was helping me to learn how to help people.
And that's exactly what I wanted.
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