At fabjob.com, it can be, because they are looking for personal assistants for celebrities.
Tomorrow is Mother's Day and I think it's a really good time for those of us who have personal assistants, family caregivers or generous friends to stop and say thank you - and , more than that, to honor how important they are to us in our lives.
Those of us with disabilities are sometimes called inspirational. But people don't call my personal assistant inspirational - yet she is the one who shows up, does what needs to be done to care for me on a steady basis and makes me comfortable.
What's it like to have a personal assistant? Well it's different for me than an actor or celebrity. I don't ask her to shop for my favorite perfume or makeup (although I could). We're too busy getting the basics done around here - sometimes together. For me as a quadriplegic, my personal assistant is my hands. She opens what I can't, writes what I struggle to, signs, seals and ships things. She zippers, buttons, inserts batteries, cartridges, and sets up new appliances. She changes lightbulbs and litter. She cuts up my food, then cracks a joke. She pets the cat, hugs the cat, then touches my shoulder and looks me in the eye. And that's just on a Wednesday.
"Need anything else?" she asks.
Yeah I do. Today I need to tell you that you are my hero. You are inspirational.
I wish I could write a song or book or become famous - not because I want fame but because I could pay personal assistants better. The least I can do is to show my gratitude to the REAL personal assistants of this world - the ones who do the important work, although society doesn't recognize their worth.
Thank you to my personal assistant, Meredith - for your spiritual generosity , compassion, empathy and kindness. I know you have better things to do- like write books, sign autographs and go on speaking engagements. I admire your spirituality and how you walk the walk and don't just talk the talk in life. You are an inspiration to me.
And, by the way, readers might want to see what Meredith has to say on the subject of caregiving and volunteering in her book: Deliberate Acts of Kindness: Service as a Spiritual Practice by Dr. Meredith Gould. (Two of her other books are to the right on my sidebar and you can find more of her books over at amazon.com - with more books to come.)