Finally Something I Enjoy
Anyone who reads my blog with regularity knows the last year has been a struggle for me. I lost my beloved job. I was fired for being ethical. I encountered more than my share of unethical and self-serving people. During all of that, I hung on and kept going to work. Every so often I made a difference to someone, which kept me going.
For the last few months I've been doing something new, teaching. I'm teaching for one of the larger continuing education providers for physical therapy. I teach what I love, how to treat stroke patients. I just finished a four-day tour of teaching. It was long and tiring and gave me the opportunity to decide if this is something I want to do.
Now that I'm home and not rushing to airports, I've had time to think about it. I've found something else I love to do. And fortunately it's not at the whim of someone else. I finally found a direction for myself. I've been wondering what I'd do when the physical demands of the job became too much. Now I know. I will somehow be teaching. Teaching as a second career means more topics than stroke rehab but I think I can make the transition.
There have been times over the last year, today included, when I've questioned whether I wanted to remain in this occupation. Now I have an answer. I'm not sure how I'll manage the change but once I identify a goal, I can begin to work toward it. Step one is figuring out the process.
This revelation makes me wonder about other therapists who are beyond halfway in their careers. What will they do? My solution won't work for many others. And given the way experienced therapists are being treated in the job market, I doubt they'll continue working until retirement. There are lots of experienced therapists out there. We should take advantage of them and learn from their experiences.
I hope I'm able to convey my knowledge and skills to others in a meaningful way. I hope I'm able to help people become a little bit better at what they do.