"My Work is My Life"
I know that not everyone has an easy life. I know that there are certain aspects of life that hold us down and make it hard to break free or evolve past our own social barriers. That being said, I do not believe in fate. The concept of some higher power determining the course of our life is neither valid nor does it merit carelessness in one’s own life. I think that we are each in charge of our own destiny and we are the ones who decide the next step. This journey, whether alone or with support, is never going to be easy. There are times when you may feel yourself drowning, spiraling into a pit of despair. You will feel the chaos of uncontrollable circumstances pushing and pulling you to your limits as attempts are made to balance your family, job, and health. No matter, I believe there is always a way to change or evolve past the situation to become the version of yourself you are proud to show.
I wanted to embody this constant circus of emotions and experience in an individual who had to find this balance in her own life. She was a grocery store stocker and mother of four who put herself back through school, while her children were still in school, to obtain her bachelor’s degree. With this, she got a more meaningful job as a social worker and moved towards helping other children and adults who did not have the voice or support to help themselves. This woman worked as a caseworker for 8 years, and never felt she could do enough for those she was helping. She had an overwhelming amount of cases, each one with their own specification and a different ending, either good or bad. At the same time, she had her own family that was teetering on the edge, that she was attempting to support in any way she could.