Today I was called to the front desk as there was a youth who wanted to say hello. When I opened the door I was pleasantly surprised to see Sara standing there. It had been about a month since I had seen her and it had been several months since she had stayed in the Shelter. Sara smiled and said hello as I greeted her. She looked really healthy and happy.
We chatted about what she was doing. She updated me that she still had her job at the coffee shop and had been working there for over 6 months an all-time record for Sara. She went on to talk about how she was still living with her boyfriend and had just spent some time with his family. When Sara left the Shelter months ago, many staff (including myself) thought that Sara once again, was repeating old behaviours that were going to end in Sara returning to our Shelter even more confused and lost. But we were wrong. Sara was doing really well…probably the best I had ever seen her do.
She was more independent, working, and accomplishing her goals. Her mental health seemed more stable and she was talking about her future plans to go to school. As I spoke to Sara I couldn’t have felt more happy and proud of her accomplishment and I let her know this. She didn’t seemed surprised that I felt this way but smiled kind of bashfully all the same as she thanked me for my observations. Nearing the end of the conversation Sara asked if she could share a few things with me. I said of course and she showed me a beautiful rose tattoo on her forearm. This was very symbolic for Sara and she had waited a long time to have it done so I knew how proud she was to show it to me. Sara also shared a picture of her new pet chinchilla with me and gushed over her pet as she described his “chinchilla ways”.
After Sara left I thought of how far she had come. The goals she had set and reached for herself and I wondered where her life would take her next. Whatever she did I did know one thing Sara would do what was right for her and what would make her happy. Which is all one could really wish for her.