So this week instead of doing the usual, i’m going to speak about something more personal, my dream job! Ever since i was little, my family and I loved the idea of my future career as a doctor. My whole life my family, especially my grandparents, have pushed me to become a doctor or a lawyer. Considering that their in their native country, Guatemala, there’s not as many opportunities as a student as there are here, I understood why they pushed this on me. But through my life, i’ve gone through phases. From doctor, lawyer, dancer, artist, hairdresser, and video game designer, i’ve found a job i’m really interested to! Surprisingly or not, i want to become a Physical Therapist in Pediatrics.
In April-May of 2018, I hyperextended my leg during a pep rally performance which caused mini rips in my tendons. I went to the clinic where my aunt worked and got it checked out. They said that I would be out of dance and had to go to physical therapy. At first I was super bummed. Physical therapy seemed weird to me since i’ve never had to go. But once I got there, something clicked. I liked the atmosphere there, the way they helped me, and how they would help others with more serious injuries get their mobility back. Around the same time, I found an Instagram mom named Christina who had a child with Cerebral Palsy. Her daughter, Finley, has been making the journey to gain as much mobility as possible. In the videos you could see the physical therapist helping her out. I decided to give her a follow.
From that day, i’ve been suggested dozens of accounts on my feed of children trying to regain or achieve mobility like Finley. I also watched documentaries on top of documentaries of children with special conditions achieving all these feats. I absolutely loved how accomplished they looked after going down a flight of stairs or even just walking on a straight line. Not only that, but hearing the parents talk about how proud they are and how they want the best for them warmed my heart.
Physical therapy seems like the best fit for me. It’s everything I could ask for. I would be able to help people on the daily, my pay would be good, I would be giving life changing help to kids, and it’s just a specialised version of something i’ve always wanted to be. How my dream career would go is that I work as a PT in pediatrics for a while, then work as a PT for military veterans. Even though it will take a lot of work, i’m willing to put in my all so I can do my dream job and help people.