Why is it that I can work in the beauty industry part time at a salary that is equivalent to a full-time position of someone who works in the mental health field? One is declaring an expectation of how society should look playing on the materialism that we all fall into, and the other is forced to help those who are overwhelmed by societies’ outlook and is just trying to fit in, as best they can, with some sort of implied disadvantage.
In this last year I have learned that there is no right answer to the problem that our society continues to keep itself in when it comes to financial “status”. People have decisions to make based on their circumstances and the ones that they chose and/or chose to change.
I came to this realization because I suffer from depression and chose to stay off medication. This gives me a lot of insight to the mental health field from several perspectives (because I have also navigated the system as a parent prior to my diagnosis). * It is because of this that I cherish the people I have worked with throughout the mental health community. I know it is their heart for people (and usually love for God or some form of belief) that sustains them…. because it is not the paycheck. This heart/love makes the mental health field is a very tight knit community.
I work part time in the beauty industry. Not only is it part of my selfcare to put myself together and show up somewhere that requires me to “look good” ….it actually helps me “feel” good because I feel like I look good (somedays more than others). There are people within this industry that are not there for the same reasons I am, they live their lives materialistically and are very surface-based individuals…. but don’t be fooled and judge too quickly…. not all of them are! Many of the girls I have encountered are young, just learning about life, and where and how they want to be in it. I encourage them to enjoy looking pretty and feeling good about themselves while they do it, why not? I have also met some amazing women who have gone through incredible journeys to overcome hardships and landed on their feet because they embraced taking on their own careers in the beauty industry. It is a tight community as well…. but beware, it can also be very competitive. Money and numbers are usually the (not so camouflaged) driving force behind this industry.
This is where the two communities collide. When looking to better your future and taking on a new career tear you up, you need the support from the opposite side to help you push through (this can be said for any industry you attempt to dive into). Does that mean you can trust everyone in the mental health community and not the beauty industry? No! Choosing your team of mental health professionals is extremely important and that is another blog to come.
My point in breaking this down is this: We all have a part to play in life, and sometimes it changes, and sometimes the players change. The key is to respect yourself, and others as you (and they) navigate through where you are, who you are, and who you choose to be. We are all necessary to keep pushing forward.
I hope that something I have learned will help someone else be a little less critical/judgmental today as we start our new year with the attempt to be a little less divided.
For additional information about how to get services for your mental health please go to Nami.org or google: mental health help near me for a list of local providers available to you.
* Let me first say that my choice is not right for everyone, and sometimes not right for me. I get lost and sad sometimes and it is the worst kind of warfare to get out of when it remains in your mind. So please make sure that you do not think you are some sort of God and manage your medication without the help (or at least advice) from a trained professional