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.
~ 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.