First let me start off by saying Happy New Year and thank you God for the opportunity to be apart of another golden year. While thumbing through the “Gram” I came across this statement that really resonated with why I started this blog in the first place. Its honestly been a struggle to stay organized with my posts, as well as come up with content that I feel is relative to the audience that I am speaking to which is you.
The truth of the matter is that I do want to inspire people and I am thinking entirely too hard about what I naturally have been doing in my everyday work. Now this is not an expression of conceit, but humbled honesty.
I recently was blessed to reconnect with a former student athletic trainer of mine from FSU and spend time with her, catching up on her current endeavors. Though I was sad to hear she had left the clinical side of the profession, she decided to jump into academia and impact those less fortunate in the south Florida area. I was so inspired as we talked about the lack of opportunity many of her students had and how she felt obligated to continue to push them to be the best that they could be. Her struggles with inequality and lack of opportunity as a Black American graduate student ATC made her realize that her talents would be better beneficial somewhere else. After she graduated she decided to become an adjunct professor.
My former student took a pause in the conversation and told me that she didn’t want to miss the opportunity to tell me that she was so proud of what I had accomplished, especially being a black female with her doctorate and still practicing athletic training. She said that she hoped that I would continue to keep inspiring and hopefully make my way into the classroom. I wanted her to know that she continued to inspire me as well and I look forward to having the opportunity to inspire more students such as herself.
God has put me in this place for whatever reason, and I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead in this year. As the scripture continues to tell us to not get in the way of “His”plan, I will try my best to not over think this process and do what comes naturally.
Happy New Year