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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Making life-changing decisions

I have not posted for many, many months. My sincere apologies to all readers. I have been traveling and considering major life-changes since September, 2012. I am strongly considering leaving the profession entirely. This is neither easy to say nor a final decision. I love working as a veterinarian, but it does not bring me the same joy and satisfaction that it once did. I care greatly for the clients and patients, perhaps too much. This might sound pretentious but I think after over twelve years of clinical practice, I can say with at least a mild degree of objectivity that I have given it my all. I am burned out, and this is not the first time during my career in which I have felt this way. Twelve years of caring, coupled with frequent and intermittent spurts of frustration, aggravation, anger, sadness, and compassion, have ultimately led me to where I am today. I am sad, but not afraid to walk away from something that is chronically detrimental to my health. All of this said, I am currently on a "journey" of exploration, both literal and existential. And again, I have not given up on being a vet. I'm simply looking beyond. Please keep posting your wonderful comments, and let me know if there's anything specific you'd like me to write about!