Tuesday, 8 April 2008

The diary of a youth worker....

I had the weirdest dream last night.....
I was wandering around the streets of New York at night on my own. I should've been scared, but I wasn't. I was looking for Grand Central Station. That's all I kept saying when I saw anyone. 'Excuse me, can you tell me the way to Grand Central Station?'. Bizzare....what's at Grand Central Station? lol!
Come to think of it, I've been having some seriously weird dreams lately, including being chased by dinosaurs, and also wild gun men after me. I'm seeing a connection here - Being persued,(great mental health skills there...lol!) but then that doesn't fit with the NY dream. WTH....who knows!!
Hey everyone. Did ya miss me? hehe! I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I updated! And don't worry Lyn, you wont be needing to print those pictures of me on milk cartons....;-)
What's been happening..Hmm, lemme think....OOH, the residential trip to the Lake District went very well. I could've stayed there for another 2 weeks, it was awesome! I got loads of pics but obviously, I can't put them up cos they include pics of the teenagers that I work with, but they're good pics, so just know that. I never thought I'd be going on an assault course, raft building, canoe racing, climbing...etc. It was liberating! I'm getting a taste for the wild outdoors, and no, not in a sexual way Donna...HAHA!! (Love ya)
On Thursday I went to Nottingham to do a photo shoot with another bunch of teens who are advertising their 'Fun day' which takes place next week. It's a project to better the streets of the area that they live in. There's so much more involved but it's a long story and I don't wanna write it all out, but it's all great stuff. lol!
In an earlier entry, I wrote about someone at work who I'd had an argument with. Just wanna say that it all got sorted and both me and her apologised and she had a great last week before retiring. We all bought her a watch and some other goodies. It was nice. I felt bad about arguing back with her when she started (with it being so close to her retirement) but I sure as hell wasn't gonna let her talk to me like shite just 'cos she was leaving, but yeah like I say, it got sorted.
I'm a bit troubled lately with how the teenagers in the 5 groups I work with perceive me. I mean, this should be a good thing, but I'm not so sure. They call me their 'Favourite' youth worker, but the reasons why trouble me. I think it's because I'm not as strict as I could be at times, which in turn makes the other workers look bad when they toughen up on them. It's kinda like 'Good cop, bad cop', and I'm always good cop, but without the other workers even knowing it, so that's definitely something I'm trying to put right. I never realised that giving them a little slack would make the other workers look bad. It's common sense really, but who knew? lol!
Hope to add another entry soon. Hope you're all well. Miss ya's!
Song of the day - 'Santeria' by Sublime.


sneezy7125 said...

Oh how I've missed you. But you know that already, right? I mean I've only told you like 857526.93 times. lol

Anyway, glad to hear you're doing well, and brace yourself:

To dream that you are being chased signifies that you are avoiding a situation that you don't think is conquerable. It's often a metaphor for some form of insecurity. In particular, to dream that you are chased by an animal (AKA the dinosaurs!), represents your own unexpressed and unacknowledged anger which is being projected onto that animal (anger issues, my dear?). Alternatively, you may be running away from a primal urge or fear (*giggles* at "primal urge").

Umm I don't know about the Grand Central Station one, so I'll look it up, lol, but I hope that helps? I love youuu <3

jeadie05 said...

You sound as though you are doing a great job ,working with the kids ,taking nothing for granted you ,are analysing stuff and your attitude all good ,Im sure you still have things to learn ,but you are definitely going in the right direction ,well done ....love Jan xx

eml625 said...

Greetings from Grand Central Station ! (cough cough)

Miss ya baby

Mrs. Soprano

ukgal36 said...

I love sublime!!!! freaking awesome band dude..my son loves them too...
I am happy you finally wrote something..i like your buzzcut...I am the good cop in my own family and i feel guilty sometimes...
love ya baby..

nightmaremom said...

To late babes... you're already on the milk cartons here...  I'll call the 800# and let 'em know you is ok :)~  Glad you found your wild side.. oh wait... you said that isn't what you meant.  LOL    Ya know it might be good cop bad cop.. but from what I gather you are also closer in age then most and I think the kids better relate to you.   Could be a combination of things... but don't question it.  This is a great job for you!!
Love ya sweets

hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((((((STEVIE))))))))))))))))))))))I am glad to hear you are doing alright.Have a good day.

mansnott said...

Hi Stevie glad to see the works going so well. I'm in Sheffield tomorrow, I'll look out for dinosours as I get up to Junction 34 M1 lol. Take love Gazzxxx