Tis the season, to be thankful!
As the week of Thanksgiving comes to a close and we step into the Holiday season I want to take the time out to express the gratitude I have for where I am in my life right now and for all of the reasons I got there. Also, I personally am not a fan of how we go from Thanksgiving on Thursday full of love and thankfulness to Black Friday full of craziness and greed (just a generalization). So I am going to sprinkle some extra thankfulness into your Friday!
I have a million and one reasons to be thankful, I am six months away from achieving my Doctor of Physical Therapy from my dream school with a group of friends that support me like family and a family that has bent over backwards to help me stay afloat through the grad school struggles and I’m about to begin my last two clinical rotations in pediatrics. Come on, how could I not be thankful! But I am a believer in not letting gratitude and love go unspoken. Yeezy once told me “If you admire somebody you should go on ‘head tell ’em · People never get the flowers while they can still smell ’em.”
First, I’m thankful for every single rejection letter I received
If you’ve been keeping up with my blogs, you know that in the process of applying to PT school I received seventeen rejection letters. At this very moment I can say that I am thankful for all seventeen of them, including one of them actually being from The University of Miami where I am currently a third year PT student. I wasn’t ready the first year I applied and I surely wasn’t meant to be at any other program. The U is home for me and the extra year I spent after my first rejection letter there toughened me up, showed me how to build a solid work ethic, and gave me an extra year of experience working with children at Ability Plus Therapy. The further along I get in the program, I realize how much my time working as a rehab tech there already has shaped me into a great physical therapist.
I’m thankful for my friends that have stuck around and became my family
I’ve told all of my friends before and I’ll tell them again, THANK YOU! Thank you for the support you’ve given me. Thank you for being understanding every time I had to decline an invitation due to having to study or just being too tired. And you know what, thank you for continuing to invite me despite all of the times I declined! Not all of my friends have been around for years like some have but I’m equally thankful for those I’ve met along the way. That includes all of my friends from Vous Church who starting praying for my health and success the second they met me and haven’t stopped since. That also includes all of my friends I’ve made at the U inside and outside of my program. I’ve made some great friends at the gym on campus which sounds silly but going to the gym and seeing friendly faces became my escape from studying and a fun place just to chit chat before and after my workout, it’s the little things!
I’m thankful for the crazy things my family has done to help me succeed
When I say crazy, I mean crazy. They have put up with my tears, listened to long drawn out stories about physical therapy (that they probably could live without hearing), supported my financially, and made it to every single important event along the way. I know that not everyone has a close family or supportive parents and that alone is a reason to praise them but I truly believe they go above and beyond for me and I’m so lucky. I’m also grateful that yesterday we all spent Thanksgiving together under one roof! Dinner together every night was “the normal” a few years ago but as time passes they chances we get to all be together become fewer and fewer so this weekend together is a speical one.
I’m thankful for my classmates, professors, and the U!
I have spent the last two-ish years with the same 58 faces… every day, all day. It’s enough to drive you crazy some days but I was grateful to find a crew of classmates that kept me sane and understood how silly and weird of a person I am. I truly made a few life long friends thanks to my program and even though we have already started our separate journeys across the states, I’m glad I know I have colleagues and friendships all over the U.S.! I could go on and on for how thankful I am for our professors, they honestly treat us like the UMPT family and I can say I learned from the absolute best. They make it hard to rule out wanting to be involved in PT education down the road because they make it so amazing. I couldn’t not forget how thankful I am for THE U (ranked #2, FYI) and that I got to spend my Fall Saturdays at the Hard Rock, my weekends studying on a beautiful campus, and my life in general spent in the beautiful city of Miami.
Lastly, I’m thankful for my future and where it looks like it’s heading
It’s bright, I’m working on a big project for my future right now and I’m extremely excited to see it unfold. Once it starts to unfold that’s when I’ll share it with the world! My near future is just as exciting, I am finishing an acute rotation at a hospital in Orlando in 2 weeks and then I head back down to Miami for 16 weeks of pediatric experience! How could I forget the most exciting event in the near future, May 10, 2018…graduation day 🙂
Happy Holidays everyone! If you’re thankful for someone, go ahead and tell em.