I am 2 days away from officially starting my big girl career. It’s an exciting, overwhelming, proud yet bittersweet moment for me. Stepping into the unknown of becoming a working mom, a new practitioner, and knowing how to balance all of lifes demands is a scary prospect for me. I have spent 3 years of my adult life studying, battling, and preparing for this moment. Am I ready? I think so. Am I nervous? ABSOLUTELY!!
In an effort to calm my scattered nerves today I came across this today…
Reading this made me think about the career I am about to embark on. I am lucky enough to be in a position where I am surrounded by inspiring stories and people every day. I get to teach and educate people who have suffered so much, have unsure futures yet every day get out of bed, participate in therapy and take that first step to healing.
One of my former patients has become one of my greatest friends and in moments like these, when I feel uncertain of myself and my abilities I think of what he has done and I have no excuses left. He has been through more in his 23 years of living than most of us have to face in a lifetime. From the day I met him in therapy until now I have never heard him complain, gripe or ask for pity. He never let the situations that life handed him keep him down. The pride and inspiration I felt when he stood on his own and when he took his first steps still overwhelms me to this day. How can I possibly be scared of anything when someone else can face the fear of never walking again… yet get up and do it. Entering a new career is a cake walk compared to what many of my patients have to overcome.
My friend once told me, “If I can walk again, then you can do anything you want.” How can I possibly be scared after that. My hope is that my actions, compassion, teaching, and love will inspire all of my patients to reach for the stars even when their recovery seems grim. I want them to know that the mind can overcome the body and they can conquer the world if they believe in that possibility enough.
I enter my last weekend with this hope on my mind. I want to do my job to the best of my abilities and inspire others to take that first step like my friend inspired me. “The longest journey begins with a small step taken by a brave person.” I’m ready to take my small step and take the plunge into what is sure to be the ride of my life.
Sending lots of inspiration your way….