I’ve been talking about creating this blog for a long time but I grew up with parents who, while generally supportive and encouraging, always had a way of making me feel like there was a limit on how far I could go. They encouraged me to do my best at school but let me know that getting a B was still really good. They were excited to see me audition for the high school musical and, while I really wanted the lead, they were quick to say, “Well that supporting character would be a good part.”
When I was 10, there were auditions for the musical “Annie” at the Chicago Theatre. I relentlessly hounded my parents to take me and I remember very clearly them saying, “Honey, we don’t do things like that. That’s for other people.”
“Don’t try to be the boss, just be a really great employee. Being the boss is for other people.”
“Other people become professional singers. You just keep singing in the church choir.”
“Everybody has an opinion. What makes yours so special? Let the experts create a website called ‘I Am The Patient Experience.'”
The hardest part about starting this blog was convincing myself that I had something to contribute: that my voice, my experience, my perspective mattered.
If you’re wondering if you should take that leap and do something that you think only other people do, remember: no one else has your background, your style, your personality, your accomplishments. Don’t underestimate what you can bring to the conversation.
Next time we’ll talk Patient Experience.