Monday, 6 May 2013

Who Would You Be?

 If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question, 'what do you do'?

 I do lots of things...drink too much caffeine, watch too much Reality TV, get too attached to "characters" on said Reality TV shows. I hang out with a fantastic and adorable bunch of 9 year olds once a week, I babysit, nap, text, eat, craft, walk, yoga...but to me those are all interests and hobbies (and bad habits). My passion is camp, yes it's my job, but really is what I love.

I am incredibly thankful that I am able to work at something I love. And that work rarely feels like work. Maybe that's an exaggeration because I assure you that last summer when the director and I had to get up every hour during the night to do laundry because the dryers broke and we didn't have a laundry attendant yet, felt like work.

And right now when I just got an email that we still haven't found a cook, it looks like a counsellor is going to quit before he starts, another counsellor is MIA, as is the assistant nurse, they were both hired but haven't made any effort to get their contracts signed or reply to e-mails and we're moving to camp in 2 weeks (i.e. 2 hours away from the main office) which makes hiring and other office work difficult.

But it's the kind of chaos I enjoy, and afterwards it makes for great stories (which all of my real life friends are tired of hearing. In university I did one work work term that wasn't camp or working with kids and it was 4 months of what I imagine hell to be like. I worked in the university gym and organized intramurals for students, it was almost 2 years ago now and I still can't talk about it without getting angry and yelling.

Even though I could answer "what do you do?" without referencing my job, it wouldn't be a very accurate or truthful answer. Even when I'm not working I'm reading up on what other camps are doing, searching Pinterest for fun craft ideas or just talking about camp. Camp is a huge part of who I am and it's what I love to do!



6 comments:

  1. My boyfriend and I both work in the Recreation Department of a top tier golf community in the Southwest US. I can totally relate to your passion! It sounds a lot like my own job!

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    1. That's awesome! Working in the recreation field is definitely a unique experience you never know what you're going to encounter but I think that's one of my favourite things about it, no two days are ever the same!

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  2. Thanks so much for following my blog! You have a lovely little blog yourself!

    xoxo Miss ALK
    http://missalk1994.blogspot.com

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    1. You're welcome! Thank you too! :)

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  3. I totally want to come and work as one of your counsellor's. How could they be MIA?? It sounds fabulous.

    Stacey-LI

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    1. I would LOVE for you to come be a counsellor! It seems like they were hired and accepted the position but that's the last we heard from them. And they're ignoring e-mails and phone messages so we're not sure if that's their way of saying they changed their mind and don't want the job or if they're just super flakey? They might show up at camp or we might have to hire 3 more people? It's anyone's guess right now!

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