About 4 years into my career as a PT, a nurse on my team was annoyed at the way I always wanted to try something new. Why do I need ask "her" doctor for orders for this/that, why do I need more visits? You can't do that! Every time she would roll her eyes at me and every time I would get upset and want to leave my job. I had great therapists to work with, why could I not just be content?
One day she said to me something to the effect of, " you don't need to be in healthcare, you need to get to the Peace Corps!" I told her I always want to do that, and had also looked into Doctors without Borders. Obviously not a doctor, my skills were not as needed.
She was right in a lot of ways and I thank her for being who she is. Being a PT wasn't doing it for me, not for my higher purpose. I've had amazing job opportunities in these 20 years, my overachiever brain always wanted a challenge, but my heart wanted something with feeling, not paperwork. My practical vs empathetic sides were always jockeying for position and I would get bored at jobs. If you look at my resume, usually within 2 years of starting, I was at a new job because I wanted to learn something new and I hadn't found something to sustain me.
Each time though, I was adding skills to my toolbox and that has been the key!
More experiences would come from founding, running and supporting a business. For those who know me personally, Eastside Yoga was born out of a hope my husband and I had to better the world. It was our very own neighborhood Peace Corps. After 9 years we felt a need to shift, and change was so painfully difficult in every facet of life -- for EVERYone involved. But we started a new chapter that allowed our family to thrive and allowed us to follow the direction that felt right.
And now, here I am.