Living Life, NOT Living my Job
For years, my WHOLE identity was defined by being the best Physical Therapist/Clinician that I could be. I spent over 50 hours a week in the clinic treating patients while also managing the clinic. On top of that I also had students, was faculty for the residency program (which meant driving ALL over) and mentored Fellows in training. Pushing myself even further, I continued to go above and beyond with continuing education and working to make my clinic(a corporation) as successful as possible and keep my coworkers and bosses happy.
Yes, I learned a lot and it paved the way for me to do what I am doing today, but at what expense? I missed so many opportunities to spend time with my family and friends and I pretty much ate, slept and drank PT (yes, even so far as spending the majority of my vacation studying for the OCS).
That being said, as this picture denotes, I am so grateful for Performative PT. It allows me to have more balance in my life, provide even better patient and client care and enables me to not be defined by being a Physical Therapist. It has also allowed me to help people in another manner through run coaching which has been such a fabulous experience.
I want to encourage you whether in work life or running life, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It may provide you the best experience that you could not have imagined otherwise.
Keep living that run life, one mile at a time.