You may be wondering what a viking ship has to do with occupational therapy.
Well, let me tell you a story. In 2016, I took a trip to Iceland. I reached out to the Icelandic WFOT delegate before I went and got connected with a few amazing OTs who live in Iceland. They all offered for me to come meet with them and see their facilities.
One of the OTs that I met up with worked at a primary school in Akureyri on the Northern Coast. I spent the morning hanging out with her, touring around the school, and getting to meet a bunch of the coolest kiddos that I have ever met.
At one point, we trekked across the playground to get to the woodshop rooms and on the way we passed this Viking Ship. As it was snowing, I paused for a moment and took a second to take everything in.
Here I was standing in the middle of a playground next to a Viking Ship on the Northern Coast of Iceland with a fellow OT as they were celebrating International Day. My whole time in Iceland was all about connecting with like-minded OTs and sharing information.
I can’t even begin to explain how cool of an experience this was. To me, this Viking Ship represents connection. I came home from that trip with a new sense of connection to a wonderful group of OTs in Iceland.