1. Sometimes we just have to accept the cards we’re dealt, and realize that giving up or losing sight of hard work is never an option.
  2. If you love running, run, because one day someone might tell you you can’t anymore.
  3. Don’t take for granted something as “simple” as being able to walk normally.
  4. We all cope in different ways. Whatever your going through, remember that many have endured worse.
  5. It is during the worst of times that you realize who your true friends are.
  6. At some point you have to stop asking why and redirect your focus towards your new goals.
  7. We are capable of more than fear allows. Trust, hope and step out of your comfort zone to discover your potential.
  8. Your knowledge. No one can take that away from you.
  9. Camaraderie is important. No matter what your going through, you don’t have to go through it alone.
  10. Slow down. It’s not worth an accident that can change your life forever.
These past 7.5 months I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of patients, each playing an important role as I build a foundation of knowledge for my future career as a physical therapist. I’ve learned countless lessons, but these are just a few that I can pair specifically with certain patients. Not only have I learned many lessons from my patients, but they have given me the opportunity to gain experience and practice skills that I will apply for the rest of my career. It’s hard to believe that in about a week I will reach the end of my last long clinical rotation. I’m definitely fortunate to have found 3 wonderful clinical sites that always made me feel welcomed. I’ve met amazing therapists, which serves as another reminder of why I’m grateful to soon join this profession. With the sudden rise of graduation talk/plans, it is still hard to believe I am SOO close! I’m ready to enjoy the holidays with family and friends and then push through the FINAL STRETCH!
What is something you’ve learned from your patients/clients/students etc.?