In past posts, I've expressed frustration at volunteering for various opportunities within the APTA and the Neurology Section. A few months ago, I was nominated for a position on the nominating committee for the stroke special interest group. The results arrived today. I wasn't elected. I wasn't surprised. One of the questions nominees were asked to respond to concerned previous experience volunteering.
I've given up on that. My only volunteering experience has been in volunteering to volunteer. Then I received a request to run for secretary of the Geriatrics Section. One of professors I studied under when getting my geriatrics certificate remembered me and thought I'd be a good choice. I responded that I was honored and would be thrilled to serve. That election is next October. The questions I answered for them concerned service to the section and improving member relations.
It's funny how things work out. I'd have never guessed that I'd receive that email. The letter informing me of the neurological election results also informed me I was now in the volunteer pool. I was instructed to contact them if I didn't want to be contacted about volunteering in the future. I have no idea what opportunities might exist but at least I made the first cut. Progress comes in unusual forms at times.
Today I received an email requesting nominees for the Texas Physical Therapy Association officers. Previously I was the first vice chair for my district. That didn't work out so well. They didn't appreciate an opposing viewpoint on the section board. I'm considering volunteering for the nominating committee. I don't think that's a voting position so opposition might be tolerated to a point. More importantly, it would give me another opportunity to be active in something I care about.
For more than a year, I've been drifting about. I lost my goals and wasn't sure where to direct my talents. As a result, I started teaching. Now it appears I might take office in the Geriatrics Section. Maybe this is the new direction I'm to take. Things happen for a reason. Opportunities present themselves when we're ready to take advantage. I guess I'll find out soon enough.