Posted: 20/10/2016 at 17:04
Ah, clicked send too soon ... P'doc, I know what you mean by needing the 'fix' of the drama - I used to work in the arts - the quieter times of preparation then the highs of performance gave me a buzz. - not like yours but a buzz just the same.
Later on there was a buzz when I was working in child protection - when one of 'those' phone calls came and I was out on a visit with the police I got that same buzz - it didn't mean that I was glad a child was needing protection - just that I worked well in that heightened situation.
Couldn't have done it day after day - no wonder so many people burn out - but my role meant that there were quiet periods followed by a spell of highly intensive work and it suited me. There have to be people who get something out of those situations - people who didn't wouldn't be able to do the job.