I had the duty to write a bio about myself this week for a work opportunity. It's quite the experience, isn't it? I really felt like I should have said, "I make mistakes every day and wish I was better at keeping up on paperwork". Instead I said, "l consider it a great honour to have been invited to that program." My true bio would talk about being human and having discouraged days and wishing I could take back words I spoke. But it is good to also remember the encouraging, perspective-changing days and the times that I made a positive difference for someone.
It is an interesting and valuable thing to look back on one's life, and I find myself doing that often lately as I transition to a new phase of my work life and write things like bios and resumes and websites. :) Did I focus on what matters? Did I empower more than enable? Did I collaborate more than compete? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I'm think I'm good with that - at least I'm better with it than I used to be. I've been working on that lately - living with the successes and mistakes, living in the now and being OK with imperfection and vulnerability and forgiving myself for my past.
Writing a bio makes me think of things I want to improve, but it also reminds me of how very many things I have experienced that I am SO grateful for. I've had some great supervisors and colleagues along the way, and some great colleagues that collaborated with me and empowered me as I grew as a clinician and learned about ways to intersect my personality with my profession. I've had some discouraged days in the last few years where I was ready to leave my career behind. I should have written a bio on those days, as I think it would have renewed my hope and reminded me that seasons don't last forever.
Do you need some hope and perspective in your work life these days? Maybe write a bio! And remember that life is all about seasons that change and have beauty at some level even in the dark days.
Bonnie Baxter began her career as a Speech Language Pathologist in a small town in Alberta after graduating from...