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Finally Something I Enjoy

Published April 9, 2013 2:31 PM by Toni Patt
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.

3 comments

Toni,

After reading your post and the comments from Karla and Dean, I've decided ADVANCE needs to add "like" buttons to the blog format :-)

Like! Like! Like!

My best to you on your unfolding journey!

Janey Goude April 25, 2013 1:15 AM
Lexington SC

Toni, I've read so many of your blogs and know that you are a great teacher. May this become a passion that ignites your soul with joy. I'm still working part-time as a PTA with 30 years experience. I've thought often on what I want to do with this half of life. I became certified as a Health and Wellness coach, wrote a book on gluten free living and am exploring the areas of self employment again. I, too, have had a harder time physically with this job. Now I'm working toward being the healthiest me I can be and that includes where I work and how I feel. May you experience success in all the ways that count most!

Karla Grimmett April 9, 2013 4:31 PM
Council Grove, KS KS

Congratulations on your discovery and congratulations to the profession which will benefit from your expertise and experience!

Dean Metz April 9, 2013 4:18 PM

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