Originally posted on DrAttai.com
14 August 2015
It was hard not to get swept up in this one. Anyone who has frequented You Tube knows that certain posts go “viral”. Everyone gets caught up, there is a period of intense conversation and attention, and then it’s gone, replaced by the next trend. While I’ve been amused by some of these “current events”, I’ve never been an active participant. Until now.
A few months ago, This is What We Look Like launched. The purpose: “Promoting the presence, awareness, and progress of women in traditionally male dominated fields – Filling the web with images of women doing what is usually considered men’s work”. Images of women wearing t-shirts with slogans such as “This is What a [Drummer/CEO/Philosopher/Surgeon] Looks Like” began to fill the internet.
Although the calendar says spring does not arrive for a few weeks, since the clocks have changed and we have had barely a hint of winter (2 nights of “frost” in December and rain last weekend), it’s spring as far as I’m concerned. Oh – and it was 80 degrees yesterday. I’ve previously written about how much I love this time of year – and 2014 is no different. While we don’t have the cold and dark winter that much of the country experiences, there is still something magical about how the garden just comes to life in early March. Everything is lush, green, and growing. It gives me hope and it makes me smile.
I joined the “3 Words” club in 2012, with this New Years Day post, followed a few months later by an update. I loved the idea of starting the year with a few words, a mantra of sorts, that would inspire and motivate me. I’m not sure what happened in 2013 – I think I was still stuck on Resilience, Rejuvenation, and Serenity.
A few weeks ago, I was approached by a contact on Twitter who asked me to participate in an online “blog carnival.” The theme was motivation and how it plays into our roles as patients, providers and caregivers. The deadline for submission (which I just looked at) was September 17th.
Or maybe this should be titled “life gets in the way”…
With the first day of Spring just past and Easter just around the corner, it’s time to finally shake off winter (or what we call winter here in Southern California) and move forward. But I don’t think you can properly move forward without reflecting – note I said reflecting, not dwelling – on the past. So I went back to my New Year’s Day post, and came across Resilience, Rejuvenation, and Serenity. How am I doing?
Happy New Year!
To me, those words always carry such hope and optimism – out with the old, in with the new; a time to develop and cultivate new (healthy) habits, make better decisions, and live a better life. We’ve all had experience with resolutions, and while I’m not a big fan of formal ones, it is tempting to make at least a mental list of the things that I want to do better, and the things I want to accomplish personally and professionally in the New Year.
This blog is unlike anything I’ve ever done. I’m a physician, and you can find all you want to know about my professional life here. My life has been defined by science, medicine, and cold hard facts. I always have struggled with creative and personal writing, and I was never one who made much time for self-awareness and introspection. But as a physician, I’m an educator as well as a life-long learner. And over the past few years, partly due to some personal changes, I’ve been drawn to writing, and to sharing my experiences and thoughts. It’s still quite foreign to me, but I’m giving it a try.
Here you will find those thoughts. Some of them are quite random. However you will notice some themes – healing, the search for balance and serenity, and community. And lots of gardening, which is where I find much of my balance and serenity these days.
I welcome your comments.