I’ve been writing blogs now for about a year. Soon will be the 100th blog post. I don’t make anything for this. I don’t get any recognition for this. Big picture, there is no incentive for me to do this blog. So why do it?
I owe it to the profession that has given me the capabilities to treat patients, make a living, and pay my bills. My job is not that hard. I don’t have to dig ditches (what my dad did for a living working in water and sewer), I don’t have to drive a forklift (which is what I did prior to going into PT school), I don’t have to teach kids in high school (which is what I initially intended to do). This job of a Doctor of PT is not that bad.
Looking at it realistically, writing this blog actually makes me a worse clinician. I spend a lot of time reading. Instead of spending 30-40 minutes typing a blog weekly, I could be reading to enhance my own knowledge of the profession. I could be reading to improve my skills. I could be spending extra time with my family. There are a lot of things that I could be doing instead of writing the blog. This isn’t a rant, but why do I do it?
I have students that come through me as a clinical instructor. It is my responsibility to pass off the knowledge that I obtained over my years in the profession. It is my responsibility to coach up others around me and those in the profession that may not have the want to actually do the research themselves. There is a saying on a t-shirt that I read in a Crossfit arena that says something to the effect: the only knowledge wasted is the knowledge not shared. This really hit home for me. I spent a lot of time acquiring knowledge through reading books, research articles, spending time in the gym, watching youtube videos and so on and so forth. I have a lot of hours put into increasing my knowledge and now that I think of it…it would all be for a waste if I don’t attempt to share it.
I owe a big thank you to Dr. Ben Fung for inspiring this blog. I owe a thank you toDr. Mickey Shah for his years of mentorship through my growing process.
If any of you have a topic that you would like to see covered on this blog in the future, please send me the topic and I will do the work of reading and writing about the research.
Thanks for reading.