Sometimes, what your looking for can be found in strange places.
After eight years in the fitness industry my passion began to drop and my drive began to disappear. That’s when I knew it was time to begin a new journey with myself. My favorite experience was connecting with many types of people. Understanding their struggles, motives, and what keeps them waking up every day.
Being twenty-five, life can start to get more difficult. Bills start to rise, health, and trying to find yourself in this big world.
A month after deciding I needed a new career, I got a job at a substance abuse center.
Now let me give you a recap on who I am.
I am a girl who lived in the gym, had healthy eating habits lived in a sheltered world. I knew this was going to change me. I was now working with over sixty-five kids who were, well, very different.
They were Addicted to heroin, opiates, blues, alcohol. They destroyed their lives for one thing; their addiction. Something I could not yet relate to.
Over the course of those first 40 hours, I began to fall in love with the job.
From tech work, room checks, clean ups, medication, and taking them to group therapy. After eight hours a day, you’re going to really to get to know the clients who lived there. And slowly I realized, as much as these kids are different than me, they are so much the same.
They deal with real life shit, family issues, bad friendships, bad relationships and wanting the same things in life. They are struggling with that one thing holding them back, their addiction.
This drove me to want to understand more. What I am learning is that their reasons where all different. Like anything in life you, can’t understand what someone is going through unless you have lived in their shoes.
I realized it was the same for me, my eating issues and putting on weight. As an outsider, that may seem a minor set back, but to the person living it, it is so much more. At this point in my life, I may have found what I was looking for: real substance, a way to make a positive difference in someone else’s life..
About the Author
Lexi is a passionate writer who enjoys fitness and learning about life. She shares her unique experience through her writing and the way she sees life.