I recently left a support program that I have enjoyed for six years, the reason I left is that each week I have been triggered listening to the traumas of others. My closest friends have told me that I don't need to be in Celebrate Recovery to be their friends ...whew! What a relief that is - the thing is I didn't go about leaving in the right way and sent an email to my ministry leader that surprised even me after a couple of calming hours where the last line read WRITE ME OFF! I even pointed out to my best friend, "this just isn't like me!"
I had responsibilities within that program that I enjoyed at one point, but it took a lot of time and late nights and I just want to look after me - buy groceries, eat food on a regular basis, improve my self-care , get to sleep before 10 p.m. I have also started a volunteer job that I really enjoy as a receptionist. It is something I know I can do although I am struggling in some areas mostly with memory.
I just can't handle a lot at one time - my volunteer shift is three quiet hours of greeting people and I think it works because the environment is quiet. I haven't worked since 2009 and doing volunteer work helps me feel as though I am contributing to my community like everyone else. Does this make sense to anyone else but me?