I collaborated on writing this article about using tarot and psychedelic medicine with andi over on their site. Check it out here.
On the passing of this nationally recognized holiday, veterans and guides and scouts and school children gather at the cenotaphs to lay wreaths and remember the dead. Getting in uniform for such occasions was a regular part of my upbringing.
One year ago I left my non-profit job and secured myself a medical leave. I know that my experience of burnout was one of common occurrence in “the helping professions”, as I have seen many friends, loved ones and co-workers melt and spiral in similar ways. In the year since leaving my job I have attempted to access numerous avenues of assistance including programs for self employment, job readiness and disability benefits. The process has included high level comedy-of-errors type interactions. And here’s what I learned from all of this:
The systems that are supposed to make up this country’s social safety net are intentionally made difficult to navigate and degrading to those who need them.