Some may think transitions are difficult, others take them on as a challenge. Maybe it is the actual transition...we go through so many each and every year, some small and some monumental. You would think at some point in our lives we would get used to change and get better at managing it, but will we ever? Perhaps our anxiety is the fear of unknown, the fear of losing control, change...letting go can be frightening. However, maybe we need to start looking at it as something good, a time to give us unique view on personal growth...a new beginning, a time for opportunity!
I have been absent for some time secondary to going through transitions in my life. Changing the OT setting that I work in is one transition. With that I found myself lost, wondering where I fit into the blog world. A good friend reminded me about simplicity, "blog about your transition", she said.
Let me set the setting, I left the world of SNF (skilled nursing facility)/sub-acute care work to take on a full time position in an acute care rehab setting. Not only did I change the facility type, but I moved to a floor to begin to narrow my focus and specialize in a population, individuals with spinal cord injuries. On my first day I found myself not even knowing the "lingo", ISC, BPG, TIS-SCC...QUADRUPED (wait, what?!?!). I thought to myself, when have I ever transfered, let alone even considered putting my previous population of 97 year olds on their hands and knees. I was shocked at how much everything, my whole practice of thought, was going to change. I sometimes wondered why I desired to change my setting as I was so comfortable in my old position. I was able to home at night and spend the evening with my husband as opposed to opening up a book to doing research for the next day. However, I lacked challenge in that position, I was bored; now, I am not sure where to begin in my continuing ed. search to make myself a better therapist on this unit. Almost 4 months into my new position, I still find myself excited for the next day at work, to learn, to soak up all the experience and knowledge those around me have and can teach me. It is an amazing thing to be motivated by those around you, I'm thankful everyday for change, for transitions. I know for me, they keep me on my toes, and as hard as it may be to change, to spice things up in your life, embracing it can be beneficial for the soul (in my opinion).