|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 2, 2010 at 4:25 PM|
On December 30, 2009 I retired from medical practice to take up a new career in writing! This was a huge step for me, but one that has been coming for a long time. Ever since 4th grade when I wrote a 3 Act play over Christmas break, I have had a love and inspiration for writing. That play was actually produced, by the way - my teacher liked it so much she made it our class project for the second semester to present my play to the rest of the school and our parents. That was my biggest success with writing to date, but it's not really about being successful. I am motivated to write the stories I have gathered and to tell the lessons I have learned through 25 years of medical practice and even more years of life experience. It is my hope that these stories will somehow bring peace, wisdom and lovingkindness to the world.
While making this change has not been easy, it has been exhilarating to move forward with courage and take a risk in my life. I know to the depths of my soul that I have done the right thing even though I have no idea where it will lead me. Each day I feel joy and gratitude for the experiences my career brought to me over these 25 years and relief that I was able to leave that career when the time was right for me to go. I am grateful as well to my family and friends for supporting me and encouraging this change, and to my coworkers and patients who graciously allowed me to leave when I knew it was time.
Even as I look ahead to the future, I remind myself that life is truly to be lived in the present. This single moment is really all we know and all that is. And so, for this moment I can say that life is a gift so make the most of it; hold on to what matters, but don't be afraid to let go when the time comes!