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Just is a 4 letter word

Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

𝗧𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗜’𝗺 𝗴𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱 “𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁”. ⁣

All too often I hear students and practitioners use the word just and I am here to say that it needs to go. ⁣

For example: ⁣

~ I’m “just” a student⁣
~ I’m “just” a new grad⁣
~ I’m “just” a pediatric/ geriatric/ acute care/ neuro/ OT ⁣
~ I “just” have my associates, bachelors, masters, etc degree⁣

By the way they use the word “just”, it implies that they are not qualified/ good enough/ or experienced enough and I am not about that. ⁣

I want people to embrace where they are in the journey, whether that’s at the beginning when you are a student or once you are out in practice. I want people to embrace the path that they are on, regardless of what degree they have or are pursuing. ⁣

We are so much more than just a “just”. ⁣

We are unique. We are qualified. We are still learning. We are meant to be where we are at this very moment. We are strong. We are persistent. We are us. ⁣

So the next time you hear yourself say that you are “just” [enter descriptor here], I want you to stop yourself. I want you to remove the word “just” from your vocabulary. I want you to reframe your statement and own wherever you are in your OT journey.⁣

𝘋𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 “𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵” 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵? 𝘞𝘩𝘺 𝘥𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘵? 𝘋𝘳𝘰𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴.

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