Most athletes can identify with the fact that post-race let down can be a very difficult thing, especially if one has been working towards a particular goal for quite some time. It's always something I've struggled with, but I accept it as it is, work through it and move on.
One thing I find particularly helpful is to have a new goal identified as something to look forward to. Having a vision of where you're going next is an important step in the process of rest, recovery and reflection! Well, I'm really excited to tell you about an awesome non-athletic opportunity I'll be partaking in, alongside my husband, come early January!
A few weeks ago we were approached by SU (his alma mater for PT school) as there was already a group of doctoral students ready and willing to serve in Haiti, including plane tickets bought, but they had no clinician to help lead their endeavor. We've been pondering and praying over the desire to use our professions to give back in the form of a medical missions trip for a while now, and it's as if God just stepped in and said "Hey... here's your chance!" The door was opened and with a leap of faith we've decided to jump through it.
So from January 2-10, 2014 we will lead a group of six SU physical therapy students to Jacmel, Haiti. While there, we will be offering medical support in an outpatient clinic, travel into the community to help those unable to leave their homes and provide assistance at an orphanage. I personally will be contributing in ways related to my profession as a dietitian, mainly through wellness outreach and education.