I’m sorry its taken me so long to reply back to you. I often forget that I receive messages on Tumblr.
I’m happy to hear that becoming an ASL Interpreter is a career choice of yours! I absolutely love interpreting. There are some days where I could say, I never want to experience a specific assignment ever again, but also so many times where I’ve been SO fortunate to be an interpreter.
With me being a “bridge” between languages and cultures I’ve been able to be that “fly on a wall” and be a facilitator among wonderful events. Some of those that I’ve been witness of could be between two people who form an eternal bond at a wedding. I’ve even seen two people, who for years had a lasting hate for each other, become best-of-friends again with an interpreter. I’ve also seen family members get news of their loved ones status from the Emergency Room after a major accident overwhelmingly cry with happiness that the patient is going to be alright.
There are so many experiences that I’ve received as an interpreter that I would not have been able to have if not for my unique profession. These experiences alone encourage me to be the best Interpreter I can be by continuously going to workshops, working with my cohorts, stretching my limits, and being among the people who support me, Deaf and Hearing alike.
I still have moments where I second guess my abilities during an assignment, but often times those feelings are irrational. Why am I here in the first place? Am I not certified? Have I not gone through enough training to call myself a professional? Of course I have! That “voice” we hear in our heads is a person we call “Doubt”. Somehow he/she got into our head and is trying to take control of our thoughts and feelings. The thing is… We are our own boss. This guy was hired by a sub committee in our brain and is ruining our business. So what do we do at this point? We identify who this person is and fire them. Once all is said and done with “Doubt”, we need to replace them with someone who we can always rely on. Someone who supports our every decision, and always has our back. For me, that person is my wife. After I got rid of Doubt I filled that open seat with my wife. Now, anytime doubt tries to make a comeback, she becomes my security and kicks him out!
My point with this is that we all get these feelings regardless of our skill level. Surround yourself with a strong support team mentally and physically and you will succeed no matter what.
PRIMO! Also, let’s not forget the ‘X-Theory’, which ties greatly into your committee metaphor!
Everyone has an ‘X’ at any exact place at any exact time, but we need to understand that MY ‘X’ and YOUR ‘X’ will never be at the same level, at the same place, at the same time. My journey is not your journey, and that’s okay!
What we need to be cognizant of is the motion of our ‘X’, whether it’s moving backward or forward is irrelevant, a moving ‘X’ means that you’re making yourself aware of your skill and experience. Some days it will move up, up, and away, and others it will feel like you’ve forgotten every sign you’ve ever learned. But, it’s moving, which is exactly what it is supposed to do.
The only time you should ever be worried in regard to your skill is when you are not aware of your ‘X’. If it hasn’t moved, and you haven’t noticed it moving, you’re in trouble. Complacency = Decline, NOT a backward moving ‘X’.