Thankful for Many Things, Including a Sleep Career
I always spend November being thankful. It is a busy month for me as I find that work is busy, my son's birthday is celebrated -- this year he is 21-- and the holidays gear up. This year I even get to deal with Hanukah in November. It has been a crazy year so I am grateful for so many things -- including the challenges.
I have learned how to be a caregiver as I deal with my husband's ongoing illnesses. It is something of a wonder that anyone survives and thrives when you spend all your free time caring for another. I admire those who do it so much more and I appreciate my own health as a gift while I watch him go through his troubles.
I had the opportunity to attend the BRPT conference and Sleep Educators Course. It has shown me how dynamic our field is and how many people want to move forward and grow our field. We are taking education much more seriously and we as a field are looking to move past the minimal education to a field that requires a degree.
I am grateful for my job and students. I have a fantastic EEG instructor who is teaching me more about my own chosen field as well as helping me to open up to areas I had no idea about. I have gotten to share my skills and knowledge with my students and have expanded my own skills in the areas of teaching, curriculum and test writing. There is so much to be learned.
I am grateful for all of you who respond to my blogs. Sometimes when you are a lone voice you wonder if anyone hears you. I know there are some people that I resonate with and some that I anger, but in the end my goal is to have people think more about the field and where it is going.
Finally, I am grateful for all the people who let me help them by teaching them more about sleep. Every person has a calling. I truly love sleep education and believe that if I can help just one person to sleep better then I have done a great thing and my life is worthwhile. So for those who give me that opportunity, thank you.