I did it! I passed! I am now a LICSW, a licensed independent clinical social worker. I have now completed so many goals and dreams in life. I am married to a great man, have 3 great children, a masters degree now with my LICSW (which I have wanted ever since I was in undergrad social work school), a house, a career, and so much more. It is now time to work on new goals, new dreams, new passions.
What are my passions, dreams, and goals? Where do I go from here? I actually do like being a social worker, and maybe it's just me being overly optimistic, but I think there are so many avenues that I can go down with my social work degree and now my LICSW, I just need to figure out what!
Sometimes, I think I want to do something with health and wellness. I'm thinking something on the idea of how food affects you: body, mind, and spirit. I would love to do something with growing food, choosing foods, cooking foods, and how it all impacts so many parts of ours lives.
I want to talk about exercise and food choices and how that can affect how we act, how we think, how we feel. I want to talk about how growing our own food is healthy not only to eat, but just being out in nature and being part of our own destiny when it comes to food choices. Destiny is not a great word, but it somewhat conveys what I want to. There is something about being outside and "playing" in dirt, taking something from seed or a small plant and being able to nourish ourselves. That being said, I need to take my own advice and make better choices.
Another thing that is a passion, is creativity and how being creative can impact us; mind. body, and spirit. I love the idea of old fashioned hand crafts, and doing these "crafts" by hand, the way they did before there were machines. Not that there is anything wrong with using a sewing machine, a table saw, a slow cooker for soap, but there is something satisfying about creating something that doesn't need anything special for equipment.
I love creating! I love being able to take some material and something for warmth, and create a quilt. I love, for example, that a quilt, that can start out as old clothes, old bed sheets, or very expensive material can then become something new and something comforting, something nourishing for the giver and the receiver. I love that , what basically starts out as a piece of string, can become a sweater, an afghan, a hat, something to keep you warm and comfortable, and by extension (hopefully) feeling safe.
I love being able to provide for myself and my family with out always relying on stores to provide all our food and all our clothing and bedding. There is nothing wrong with buying things at the store, I do so more often than I would like, but it is nice to know that I can grow my own food (at least some of it) and create clothing or items to keep us warm.
I think it is a lost art, one that is hopefully returning, to know how to do simple cooking, sewing, and other fix it type things. I have the conversation with my husband (more than he would like I'm sure) that Home Ec and Shop are two classes that should be back in the curriculum. I think everyone should now how to do simple sewing, hemming or sewing a button on. I think everyone should have a basic comfort level in the kitchen. I think it is important to know how to use tools.
I just heard about makerspaces and the maker movement, and am going to do more research about it. I'm hoping my next post can be more about that. I'm thinking that maybe an area that I can get into and maybe use my social work degree and experience. I would love to see a makerspace in Wakefield. Maybe that can be my new goal.
Amy Fratto, MSW, LICSW (I love seeing my name like this!)