Fred, one of the educators at the program that I am going to, gave me a rather thick book that is an information and study guide on becoming a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. In the state where I live, it is a position that requires certification and licensure. I want to begin surveying the book, because as Fred put it, this might be a great segue into the mental health field. The more I examine myself and as I travel on the road to recovery, the less I want to go back into any professional information technology role. The thought of doing desktop or network support of any kind is distasteful. Whatever information technology I do going forward, is for my own edification.
This morning I want to finish the two Coursera courses on WordPress as I am learning a lot from them. Then I will also look into Khan Academy, Code Academy, and Udemy to see what they have on WordPress. The goal is to revamp my website and make it more of an About Me that encompasses my blog, resume, some creative writing, and photography. But in order to do this, I need to bone up on WordPress and be able to do more than just the rudiments.
While I did accomplish a lot last night, I realized this morning that I forgot to buy toilet paper and I have only one spare roll. So this means I will have to take the bus to the dollar store and pick up a few rolls. Instead of lambasting myself over not thinking to make a shopping list prior to going to the store, I am going to shrug my shoulders and take it as a lesson learned. One of the reasons for making a list is that it slows your thinking down so that you become methodical. Had I made the list, it probably would have occurred to me to think about other things that I might need.
Staying comfortably busy on an off day is an important part of life, and as my favorite educator Ms. Tanyel would say, “This community does not do well with idle time. We do not do well without routines.” When Ms. Tanyel refers to “community”, she means the mental illness and addiction community. I consider watching television to be rather non-productive and I prefer to do that closer to bed time to unwind but I am going to replace that with reading which does wonders for relaxing the mind. If I work steadily and accomplish what I can, it will be a fine day.