Here are some things I noticed while working at an out-of-town hospital over the holidays, sleeping in a hotel room, away from my kiddos, that made it…not so bad:
- Wearing a Miami Dolphins skully, while in the thick of Ravens-land, was an excellent ice-breaker, for patients, nurses, security guards, etc. Say what you want, but the NFL has done a nice job fostering…well-intended passion. So many kind, friendly conversations started even just passing in the halls…
- Illness doesn’t stop for the holidays. But often…it does slow down a bit. Family wins. Nobody wants to be in the hospital for Christmas. With the exception, perhaps, of them newborn baby families, where the blessing-of-the-moment wins the day…
- Nurses are incredible. I’ve always known this, but I think my appreciation has grown as I’ve gotten…grayer.
Nurses are incredible. I've always known this, but I think my appreciation has grown as I've gotten...grayer. Click To Tweet
- I’m grateful. For my children. For my parents. For my friends. And, for the journey over the past 3-4 years that has offered a fair bit of professional and personal turmoil.
As I turn 50 in a couple weeks, single-dad style, and the horizon of the starting line fades further while the finish line comes more into focus, I can say that amidst the unexpected life upheavals, and technology pivot, and entrepreneurial uncertainty – which includes a financial portfolio that’s not quite what I’d imagined (can’t retire yet!), and some persistent gnawing about what the future may hold – I’m doing EXACTLY what I want to be doing.
I work for myself, can pay my bills, and am appreciated by my patients, with an awesome delivery model I effectively invented.
I work for myself, can pay my bills, and am appreciated by my patients, with an awesome delivery model I effectively invented. Click To Tweet
I love my patient care experiences, and…I also love digging (too) deep into coding and software development. I’m routinely home when my kids get off the bus and I’m present with them thereafter. I talk with my folks and siblings more than I used to. I have some great friends. I’m mostly at peace.
So what am I saying that’s relevant to this professional space?
Jump. Do it. I did it at 45y (including learning ‘technology’ from scratch!) and, importantly, I’m not telling this story from a comfortable ‘ahead’ place, patting you on the head with wise words from my hard-work-enabled-but-still-lucky-bounce yacht. I’m still right smack in the middle of it, where there are still some sleepless nights.
And I wouldn’t change (almost) anything.