We’re taught from a young age to dream big, go after what we want, plan our work, work our plan. This culture-wide forward-thinking mindset has blossomed into achievements as diverse as iPhones, space flight, ultra-marathons and gene splicing. But it’s also helped create anxiety, depression, unrest and a feeling for many that, since our achievements aren’t as grand as our dreams, we’re living a meaningless life.
I quit my job yesterday.
Walking away from that final meeting with my supervisor, I realized that I left more than a job – I left an identity. I’ve been training for, reading about, studying, practicing and teaching health care chaplaincy for 11 years, and as I exited my supervisor’s door I stepped into a world that no longer included daily contact with those skills and with the people I served. I was suddenly full of questions: Without meeting my patient’s suffering, who am I? Without the moment to moment practice of allowing uncertainty, will I lose touch? Without the Hospice structure of patient visits, charting, phone calls, team meetings and supportive colleagues, will I drift aimlessly?
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.