“don’t you dare compare your beginning with someone else’s middle“
I can see how this happens frequently, even in my own profession as a PT.
I hear it from new graduates, “we can’t all know as much research as you do.”
I hear that and I get pissed.
I wasn’t born with research inputted into my brain.
I wasn’t spoon fed the research through lectures.
I spent hours per week reading.
When I hear others tell me that they can’t do it…I think that you have other priorities. That’s fine, but don’t attempt to demean my priorities. Don’t try to knock me down so that you feel better about yourself, because I won’t have it.
My need to become better at my profession was a stronger force than most other priorities in my life, at the time.
Needless to say, my priorities weren’t well organized for the person I am today.
The issue that I see is that I looked at others in managerial positions and thought, I could do that.
I looked at people that were owning businesses and thought, “I could do that”.
I don’t want to do that.
I don’t want to be tied to my profession with the same short leash that I had my first 5-8 years.
I want more freedom to spend time with the kids (in small doses of course).
I want more freedom to be able to watch 3-4 hours of wrestling per week (don’t judge, we all have our indulgences that we would rather not do away with).
Now, I only have to do what I need to do to take care of my family and what I want to do to be happy. It took decades to grow into this person.
Don’t compare your journey to mine and I won’t compare my journey to others.