My Job’s Impact

By Riley Sanders

 We all have things we take for granted and we never can truly comprehend our blessings on our own. It takes trials and tribulations to see, in a broader perspective, the joys of life. My joy comes from my friends, family, and as odd as it sounds, my job. I work at Win Kids, and every day I come face to face with the innocent, bright minds of children. My boss always says that it is my job to take care of them, which is true, but I cannot tell you how much they have taken care of me. One girl in particular has shown me the importance of a perseverance and attitude, despite the fact that she is only seven years old.
   Her name is Annie, and she is like a sister to me and I get to see her every single Saturday night. Her laughter is contagious and her intelligence is baffling. Her very existence, however, is a powerful on its own. Annie is special needs, and her exact condition escapes me, but I know that she has had to endure both physical and internal conflicts that no child should have to go through. She comes in with a smile and a spicy attitude, but leaves me with a sense of awe. Annie doesn’t speak very much, but her kindness shows through in her concern for others and her generous actions.
   I remember one night in particular, I had a really bad day, and I came in with a terrible mindset and a rage filled heart. Despite my apparent composure, I believe that Annie knew something was wrong, and she gave me a quick hug that made my entire night. I was reminded that I had it easy. I couldn’t imagine the bullying, physical pain and self image issues that Annie had to deal with, she made the most of every moment, I often forgot that there were special circumstances in her life.
   Because of Annie, I was reminded that life is a gift and no matter what life throws at you, it’s how you handle them that matters. It starts with an open mind and a caring heart. I have learned forgiveness is key and kindness is everything.
   Despite the stigma surrounding many disorders, I have learned first hand that it doesn’t subtract from their humanity. These children have unique personalities and brilliant minds, just like the rest of us. They laugh and cry with the rest of the world, but time after time, they have reminded me that life is what you make it. I choose to make life resemble a shift at my job fun and surrounded by people who make me a better person.