Tuesday of the future.

This coming Tuesday is a big day for two reasons:

  1. I have an appointment with my new Lyme-literate Naturopathic Doctor.  Her name is Leslie Vilensky, and she has undergone intensive training in Lyme Disease treatment, and should be able to tell me the next steps in dealing with this pesky Lyme that is, apparently, at the root of my troubles.

  2. My completed grad school application will be arriving at the steps of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR.  I am applying for their Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, hopefully starting next fall.

What a big day, huh?

Two huge things that will shape my future.  Some people might freak out at having so much big stuff happen on one day, but frankly, I find it really exciting.  It will symbolize a culmination of a path I've been walking for a couple years, my long journey of trying to figure out what is going on with my health and my desire to pursue a career in Oriental medicine.  It really is a day that will help to determine the rest of my life; I will learn what I need to do to be healthy, and I will start the process of embarking on a new career.  It is a day that will really mark moving forward on the life I want to lead.

At this point, I'm willing to do just about anything to get there.

In many ways, I feel I've already started this process. I've already begun a self-driven education in natural health, learned through personal experience.  I've had the opportunity to re-prioritize and learn what things I value most in my personal and professional life.  And I'm currently living a life I feel good about.  But the things I've been hoping for and reaching for the most - actually applying for the acupuncture program I feel excited about and getting to the root of my health issues - have suddenly plopped into my lap.  Finally.

I'm really looking forward to Tuesday, to beating the Lyme, to moving to Portland and attending acupuncture school (fingers crossed!), and to someday having my own practice.  Bbut in the meantime, I'm trying to remember to live in the present. Each moment we have is precious, and we can choose what to do about it.  Either we can take it for granted, or we can use it for something rewarding, enriching, and fulfilling.  We can continue to dwell in a place of negativity, pain, and dispair, with our eyes and hearts and minds closed - or  - we can learn to acknowledge  that stuff, and move on to things that bring joy, leaving the hurt behind.  We can isolate ourselves - or - we can open ourselves up to the wonder and beauty of the world around us.  Because no matter how many things really suck in this world, I'd like to think there is more beauty than we can possibly imagine, and with the limited time we have on this Earth, we better get out there and soak it up.