Learn the ins and outs of a reloading bench when taking a break from HIV prevention advocacyLloyd White
Let’s get one thing clear. If you are in the HIV prevention, advocacy line of work, it can get really bleak. You probably don’t need me to remind you of this. It can get quite depressing.
How many times have you gone to an AIDS ward? How many times have you talked to people with HIV, who tell you that they are convinced that they only have a few years to live? How many times have you come across people with tombstones in their eyes because they feel that they’re just too depressed to go on.
It can get really discouraging. It can get really depressing. And the worst part to all of this, is that it seems that you really have no control over it.
Now, please understand that you’re doing your best spreading the word about HIV awareness and helping people prevent AIDS. But, at the end of the day, the infections still keep coming in. At the end of the day, people still keep getting infected.
They know better, but they still keep on getting infected. And it can really wear you down. You put in, day after day of work. Raising consciousness, raising awareness. You travel extensively, but when all is said and done, people are still getting sick.
It really is quite depressing. This is why it’s a good idea to take a break from HIV prevention, advocacy, as well as, awareness raising, to take some time for yourself. I know it sounds selfish. I know it sounds a little bit self-absorbed, but you really need to do this.
You need to do it for self-preservation, because given how bleak, and how depressing the subject matter that you handle, it’s only a matter of time until you burn-out. You know this. Everybody knows this.
You can see it, a mile, coming. So do yourself a big favor, take a big break and one of the best ways to relax, is to enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re a hunter, you only need to find the right nature spot, with the right hunting trail, and get yourself a reloading bench.
It makes all the difference in the world because you are able to hunt efficiently, while at the same time, enjoying the distinct charms of mother nature and the great outdoors. You may feel guilty that you took some time off, but hey, let’s face it, you’re doing it for self-preservation.
You don’t want to burn-out. In fact, you become a better advocate, because your head is screwed in the right place, when you come back from your vacation. You owe it to yourself.