I’ve gotten a paid position to continue doing the work I love. And I can do it at home just as I do this blog.
I’m not ready to be too explicit about the position. I have yet to sign the contract and work out all the details, but since it’s web-based work and I will be a web content editor of an alternatives for recovery international organization, I am sure I’ll be linking to the stuff I solicit for that website from here routinely.
This is a time of profound reflection for me. I feel it’s the beginning of my new life. I’ve felt for a long time that my work on this blog and all the work I do in all the withdrawal communities and human rights groups I belong to was leading to a career. I feel this is the first step in that evolution. Or perhaps really just the next step. The journey started a while ago before I even realized it.
The first step was starting to come off drugs almost five years ago now, the second was getting radicalized and realizing that traditional psychiatry is woefully off-base, the third was starting to spread what I was learning on this blog and now this current step is joining forces with hundreds around the world to spread the important and necessary news of all the alternatives available to us should those who risk being psychiatrically labeled want to avoid medication and live a life free of toxins and determined by their own choices and will and not a system that imposes itself upon them.
This is ultimately a movement of educating the world about self-determination for those at risk of psychiatric discrimination and abuse.
The people I’ll be working for and with are some of the people I most admire in the world at this point. We all share a vision.
I will continue my blog, though it’s hard to tell right now if I will continue at the same pace or not. I have to see how it all works out.
The most awesome part is that I could be myself from the get go when applying for this job. I used this blog as my portfolio and resume. None of my history needs to be hidden, nor my current state of physical limitations caused by the withdrawals. How many employers would recognize my value in my current circumstance? I do believe I’ve found home.
In the interest of being very clear, the above is my current distillation of what I currently understand what I’m part of. I am not talking on behalf of my future employers. And I am not talking as a current employee. I have a lot to learn yet I’m sure.