The next two posts got roughly the same number of views.
I mention this only because one is more educational and one is more personal and the fact that they were equally viewed speaks to the balance Interpreters need to find between feeding our minds and feeding our souls.
Note From Uncle Dale: ASL to Spoken “Hearing.”
Note from Uncle Dale: This is a Rare Moment Where My Blogs Meet
Between Christmas and New Years I like to repost the most “popular” posts from the year.
This year that is an odd prospect because, as many of you know, I had some traumatic life events that caused some of my posts to be shared by this wonderful, loving community many more times than others. These posts were shared as much for the emotion as the content.
That gives me pause to think about what I mean when I say “popular.”
That is usually just a calculation of the most views. But, as I said, this year I cannot rely on the most viewed being the most helpful.
So I came to a decision. In this post I will include a few of those more emotionally powerful posts that may have skewed the numbers as far as views and start with the most viewed posts that are more directed at the experience of the interpreter and skill development tomorrow.
Thank you. Thank you all for the love you’ve shown this year for both me and my family.
1. Real Talk With Aunt SuperTam
2. An Open Letter to Lin-Manuel Miranda.
3. This is Where You Are.
Love to you all!
Your interpretation can only be as good as the factors you can control.
If the internet connection is spotty your VRI interpretation will be spotty.
If the lighting is bad your interpretation will leave everyone in the dark.
If there is noise and confusion your interpretation will consist of only what you can hear and be confusing.
Take control of what you can control early and professionally, and if anyone argues with you remember these words:
“That is preventing me from doing my job and NOTHING prevents me from doing my job.”
If I ever start to complain about being too busy and having to run from appointment to appointment, I remind myself that the alternative is bored and broke.
If the night shift at the Emergency Room knows you by name you are either a hypochondriac, a drug addict or an interpreter.
Things interpreters may think but probably should not say (an on-going series):
This hospital is like the world’s worst hotel.
The patient’s job is to sleep and get better.
But the nurse’s job is to wake the patient up every hour!
When students tell me they are frustrated and thinking about giving up on interpreting I always say:
Frustration is the doorway to enlightenment.
Frustration is your brain’s way of telling you it’s bored with what it can do and wants to try something it can’t do yet!