I wish I could say that opening up my own practice was exactly how I'd planned, but I'd be lying to you. In fact, it was nothing like how I imagined it would be. I didn't have the guts nor the gonads to even think about doing it this time last year. But something had to change. I was living a life of boredom and numbness that was not good for both my patients and my family.
I was challenged to dream bigger because something had to change. Having compassion for people, especially in the type of field that I'm in, required me to be fully aware of where my hearts desire was. How could I help someone when I couldn't even help myself? I was burnt out. I had to get a better grasp of what I really wanted to do in life.
Enter my trip to Barcelona, Spain. My wife and I had planned an amazing getaway for our 10 year anniversary last August as a way to celebrate without the kids. We loved every moment of our trip, but one highlight of the trip that is burnt into my memory forever is the one epic bike ride that I had taken up Mount Tibidabo. (Check out the Strava link https://www.strava.com/activities/374655384).
Needless to say, it was an epic climbing day in Spain. I was going at a slow steady pace the entire time but I can honestly say that I didn't feel the burn in my legs at all... even with all the climbing. I had so much adrenaline in me that I coulda taken out even the fittest Crossfit athlete... Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that I literally had to dodge a pack of wild boar with no cell phone while the wifey was comfortably sleeping in our hotel room.
All details aside, I remember sitting on the top of that mountain and realizing that life is too short to not live out your dreams. Riding my bike to the top of the mountain without any fear or any idea of where the road would lead gave me a vision... I needed to do something that gave me life. I didn't want to be a participant while life passed me by.
That day I realized that I needed to make my own journey and take a leap of faith. Not knowing what lies ahead is the lamest reason to delay your passion.