A tree near my work - proof that it's spring, and a perfect
expression of my life right now!
I spent a lot of the last two days looking at pictures of the most gruesome wounds in various stages of infection and necrosis. And I'm having the time of my life.
I guess it helps that I have always had a huge interest in medicine and healing in all its forms, so I'm soaking up the information like a sponge and can't believe I'm actually getting paid to learn these things for my new job. The other reason why this is so very enjoyable is that peculiar feeling of having stepped into a dream. The company I've joined really is the best thing that's ever happened to me employment wise. For the first time in a regular daytime job, I don't count the hours until I can go home, don't dread Mondays, and don't have to drag myself out of bed to go to work.
It doesn't even take that much – just a company that expects a lot (nothing is more disheartening than being underestimated and under-challenged) but sees their people as human beings instead of just numbers. No-nonsense, down-to-earth people who LISTEN to your ideas and don't just say they are committed to developing your career but set you a clear path from day one. I'm still Inside Sales, but our boss told the entire team (all five people plus team lead) on the very first day that I'm going to move into a training/coaching role after a while.
Another factor is the work – it makes so much sense to me to sell products that promote wound healing. It shortens suffering and helps people so much. Watching some of the videos the trainer showed us, I couldn't help but notice that the nastiest of wounds (apart from those caused by accidents) often occur in conjunction with first-world problems like obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. Well, the body can and will repair itself if it is fed the right, whole foods, but I also know that it takes more than intellectual knowledge to be able to make changes. With my eating disorder history, I know how virtually impossible it can be to make simple healthy choices, so I'm glad there is medicine to help those people. The last thing I'm going to do is point fingers.
Incidentally, remember how I said I had put on a lot of weight in the last four years but didn't mind? Well, that's still true. I see myself as curvy rather than fat and horrible. And with all that self-love and acceptance, I suddenly find that I am no longer in need of the comfort (junk) food and big portions that were often my only comfort after long hard days in the office. I actually live mostly vegan right now and I'm stunned at how fast the pounds drop off me. Coincidence? I think not.
But by far the best thing about my new job are the people. Such beautiful, lovely human beings, all of them. I don't think I ever mentioned my big dream of being a Coach and having a bird sanctuary in my own house in the countryside in a first-day introduction before. Turns out my colleagues believe in the law of attraction, meditate, have multiple interests, and are just the most open-minded and tolerant people you could hope to meet.
Which helps if you're the first five (plus team manager plus manager, and currently also a lovely trainer from the States) starting up a new branch, and hoping to grow into a large team over the next years. Gods, every bit about this is exciting, I just can't find anything that isn't perfect! Oh I know, over time there'll be things that aren't ideal. There's no such thing as ideal, every person/job/situation has drawbacks too. But it's a huge step forward, and I feel as light (ha!) as I haven't in years. It's the feeling of doing work - all day long! - that's aligned with my purpose.
And now excuse me while I type up today's notes. Afterwards, I'll read a little in my new medical dictionary. Yes, it's eight in the evening. So??
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