Now a college grad and CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist), I’m figuring reality out one day at a time. I’ve gotten a crash course in what living with a chronic illness is like, as well as how to market myself in a variety of job sectors.
My love still lies in bringing about larger change through the benefits of individual recreation therapy. If more people could access things they enjoy, would we see lower crime?
If more people knew what they like doing for fun, would they be less likely to turn to drugs?
If they had the education to get a job that brought value to their life rather than stress, would they be giving back to their community through their hobbies, instead of needing more from the community just to survive? Could senior living facilities become community hubs with inter-generational activities?
Do we do things to be happy, or because we are happy?
Does it matter?
If it does, I think we’re going to need more Rec Therapists in the near future.
I hope to answer the questions above and more with this new turn I’m taking with this space. I’m a big-picture thinker; recreation therapy is a very individualized process. Yet I see lessons of it applicable in areas that no one else has considered (at least who I know). Would they all work? Nope. But nobody, including myself, will think to try unless I start sharing, and listening to, ideas (the good, the bad, and everything in between).