I wanted to share my thoughts on mental health. Seeking out and receiving treatment for mental illness is not a sign of weakness. It does not mean you have lost faith in God. It does not mean that you have sinned or that you are being punished.
Life is full of new beginnings. Every day the sun comes up fresh and new (unless you're living somewhere in Iceland or Alaska or you're orbiting the earth on a space station). With the rising of each new day, we have the opportunity to change as well.
In less than one month, I'll be graduating from medical school. This will definitely be a new beginning for me. I've been attending school in one form or another for the past 13 years. It's been a long road and I'm looking forward to a change. (My wife is super excited as well. She's been with me every step of the way and I couldn't have done it without her.)
Change can be scary. Sometimes the path is only lit for a few steps in front of you, and you have to plunge into the darkness with the faith that you'll find your way. I have had this experience as I near the end of school. Up until a few days ago, I did not have much of a post-graduation plan. Because naturopathic medicine does not receive Medicare funding for residencies, there are fewer residency opportunities for graduates. As such, most graduates go into private practice or join an existing office.
Last week some things fell into place and it looks like I may be splitting my time between two offices after graduation. One is a new family practice within a few miles of my home, and the other is a unique opportunity in Casa Grande, AZ. I am thrilled and excited and nervous and ready and not ready all at the same time.
In the words of Dan Wilson from Semisonic: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." I am sad to break ties with my classmates. Some are moving out of state to practice, and others are staying here in Arizona. I've grown to love many of them and count some of them as my best friends. So this end and beginning are bittersweet, but I can't wait for the future.