We all have different career paths and we all have our struggles with work. While some of us love our jobs, others merely exist in them. A huge portion of our life is spent working so I am going to make sure that I help my boys find something that gives them some passion and purpose. I am not going to ask them what they want to be when they grow up. Instead, I am going to ask them, "What problems do you want to help solve?" By allowing them to understand what problems they want to be the solution for, we can extrapolate their strengths, passions, interests, and personality traits into something that they can enjoy doing. I am not naive to think it's realistic to love every second of work. All jobs have stresses, trials, and tribulations. But I believe it is entirely possible to find a job for them that allows them to avoid the pitfalls of continually needing to find motivation to do their jobs, waking up everyday to do something that at least matters to them and have a relentless pursuit to be their best.
"We don't need motivation. We need to find ourselves in what is true and honest. And when it matters to us, we'll do whatever it takes."
I heard a famous sports psychologist named Michael Gervais say this and it is one of those quotes that resonates with me deep into the very fibers of my being.
Chiropractic has not always been a career choice I've been happy with, proud of, or even enjoyed. I have spent the last 5 years finding my passion within this profession by being true and honest to myself in how I practice and make clinical decisions, and have been specializing in a treatment model that I believe can change the way musculoskeletal care is utilized by the entire health care system.
For those of you that don't know, I am a chiropractor. That sort of felt like I introduced myself at an AA meeting. "Hello, my name is Michael, and I'm a chiropractor." Sometimes that's the way I feel when saying that's what I do. I suppose that's why I more accurately describe myself as a soft tissue specialist. Patients that come to my office don't typically experience something that would resemble a traditional chiropractic visit in any way. For years I have been specializing in the treatment of fascia. When first exposed to this treatment I knew immediately that I found something that was career saving for me. I found a different paradigm and lens to view patient's issues. Treating fascia requires the ability to diagnose specific alterations in fascia, each requiring a different treatment. It demands excellence in the ability to interpret patient's body language, pair that with other clinical findings, and select the proper treatment. My favorite part is that it is difficult. It requires significant attention to detail and critical thinking. Learning how to decipher body language when evaluating a patient is like being the Sherlock Holmes of taking a history. You have to learn a whole new language and become fluent in it in order to properly diagnose what patients try to tell you non-verbally. Learning the treatment itself is like learning a new instrument. At first, you can play "Mary Had A Little Lamb," but with training and dedication to the craft, you can become Beethoven. You can always get better, no matter what. When you get better, the patient gets better faster.
The road to get to where I currently am has been a long one. There is still a long way to go to realize the vision that I have. It is probably a life long pursuit to tinker with and perfect. With that said, there was a moment in time in which I was certain I was going to leave this profession. If I had not been exposed to a company that changed my paradigm and the treatment model I practice, who knows what I would be doing. Now I can be an example to my boys and show them that even though it has taken hard work and sacrifice, it's possible to be true and honest to yourself and pursue something your passionate about.
The story will continue over a couple of days. I have a lot to say about the decision to become a chiropractor and the journey it's taken me on. I sincerely thank all of you for reading. Please visit my GoFundMe page and together we can impact local families fighting childhood cancer together.