Why are you an OT?
Not even sure where I first heard the phrase, “In it to win it,” but I do know that being an occupational therapist inspires me. It inspires me in a way such that I am not just "in it" but am "in it to win it", to truly embrace the value, positive impact and challenges it brings. What about you?
It’s not everyday (at least not for me), that we get to really reflect on and consider the emotions that being in our profession stir in us. Why do you practice occupational therapy? Why, after perhaps years, are you still an occupational therapist?
Truly, I am curious. After all, it’s one thing to DO our job, but its another to answer a calling or practice a profession.
So you might wonder what my thoughts are...Why do I feel inspired as an occupational therapist?
- Because it gives me freedom to be creative every day.
- Because every day is truly different.
- Because relationships get to be built, discovered, and deepened on a daily basis in often intimate ways.
- Because I get to hear often fascinating (or at least interesting) stories of human life on a daily basis.
- Because people return to or start anew lives of meaning due in part to interactions I have had with them.
- Because the profession and its dynamics/system challenges me to be a better person every day.
- Because the scheduling is flexible.
- Because the possibility of positively impacting the life of another is at least a moderately high possibility.
Earning a degree and passing a test (in order to be an occupational therapist) are part of the equation, but what is it about occupational therapy that really juices you up? Why do you practice occupational therapy? Why, after perhaps years, are you still an occupational therapist?