DSPs: A Passion for Helping People with Disabilities
There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
We all have something that we are passionate about. This passion becomes a motivation for us and helps set our eyes on the prize. Some people give up the things they are accustomed to to pursue that lifetime goal. I am fascinated by what drives people to do that, what makes them think, what they are passionate about, but ultimately, I am curious about their values and aesthetics. And how some people learn to step out of their comfort zone just to pursue the things they love the most.
Some people give up their riches to protect a forest because taking care of “Mother Nature” is their advocacy. Some people volunteer to help the elderly because they want to make them feel that they are supported. While some people spend their lives protecting animals because they believe animal welfare is a human responsibility. Some people support equality for all and stand behind the message that racism is never okay. It all comes down to the things we are passionate about. We fight for it. We help spread awareness for the things we believe in.
As life progresses, our ideas and interests change. Our first battle with finding our passion in life sometimes begins at the end of our comfort zone. The dive into the unknown to discover something new could be a key to finding some happiness. So, if you feel stuck, take heart. It will all come together in the end. You could wind up thanking yourself for nurturing your passion and taking that leap of faith you may have been leery about initially.
A lot of people who apply as a direct support professional often find this job by accident. Some discovered the opening on the internet, while others heard about DSP openings from a friend. They may not have even known about the existence of the direct support profession. In short, it was an entirely different world for some. But the best part about the journey is their growing passion for helping people with disabilities. Some people felt a little lost and didn’t know what they wanted in life when they first discovered this job. Along the way, their passion grew and their love developed for supporting people with disabilities. It changed their perspective in so many ways.
There is no deeper understanding of another person than their “why.” It shows in their actions and can answer “why” they choose to become a direct support professional. It will highlight what they truly enjoy and what gives them happiness. It’s amazing how some people discovered this job by accident and now can’t image life without it. We have hundreds of direct support professionals in this company, and all of them have one thing in common – their love for helping people with disabilities.
Direct support professionals should have a platform worldwide. They deserve to be known all over the world. There are a lot of people with disabilities who need help. They are also the voice for people with disabilities since they are the ones who know them. They are more aware of what their clients are going through on a daily basis and they want to share this knowledge. Spreading awareness about people with disabilities will hopefully educate people to become better citizens. People who don’t have a disability or know anyone who is disabled might not be aware of what it is like to live with a disability or the challenges that can be encountered on a daily basis.
Disability awareness will help people to become more educated about the challenges that people with disabilities are going through every day. By educating people about these challenges it is hoped that positive changes are made. It will attract more inspiring direct support professionals who are eager to help people with disabilities live their lives independently and be included in the community.
It is inspiring to hear about our direct support professionals’ journeys. Their passion and dedication to become a voice for people who are not often heard will help make a better world for their clients. A place where they can be themselves without the fear of judgment in the eyes of other people. It’s important to remember that there are many ways to convey a message or a feeling without using words. That is through actions. Actions will determine the growth of the client. The positive outcome is their reward, knowing they have the power to make a difference. This level of growth should be something to celebrate.
Direct support professionals provide support to struggling people with disabilities by helping them with basic tasks, like maintaining proper hygiene, eating healthy food and taking medicines. Direct support professionals have chosen this field because they want to help people. Their passion is to help people. That’s it. It doesn’t need to have any other explanation about why they chose this job. At the end of the day, what matters most is that they made a difference. As long as we have passion, direct support professionals’ voices will be heard. We will be known and recognized. Even one positive action can make a difference and can spark something bigger in the future.