Ever notice that the people that tell us to “take charge” of our lives are usually the same ones that question our choices? Society tells us to “take care of ourselves” which means a good career, healthy lifestyle and mental clarity. Often times when we do any of those things they are followed by unsolicited advice and scrutiny.
I will use my life as an example (grab a cup of coffee, you may need it). In my twenties I chose a career path in medicine as the head medical administrative assistant at a family practice office located in Pittsfield, NH. My Mom asked if that was really as far as I wanted to go in life. Really? This coming from a woman that dreaded going to work every day because she hated her job. I told her I really liked my job and looked forward to going because at the end of the day I always felt as thought I had in some way made a difference. She didn’t get it and even though the a career I chose has served me well over the past twenty eight years many question my choice.
Ten years ago I began working for Dr Gaudet here in beautiful Portsmouth, NH and as a result was able to achieve a position as the Patient Care Coordinator. My knowledge in the medical field has only expanded and I enjoy this position even more than the one in family practice which I didn’t think was possible.
Here is another example. Whenever there is a fluctuation in weight friends and family feel compelled to ask if we are eating healthy and what are we doing for exercise. When we tell them going to the gym a few times a week and eating a balanced diet they want to know what gym and what are we eating. If we tell them (heaven forbid) that time is limited so the diet and gym time have slipped, we hear “take charge of your life, nobody else will”.
My point is simply this. You won’t ever please everybody by “taking charge” of your life simply because that phrase means something different to everyone. When I choose to have cosmetic surgery and injections to make me feel better I don’t ask anyone’s permission and refuse to listen to the “negative talkers”.
When someone asks why you are having a cosmetic procedure, tell them you are “taking charge” and be the BEST YOU that you can possibly be.
I would love to hear from you and welcome any and all comments.
Patient Care Coordinator
Charles J. Gaudet, M.D., FACS
Piscataqua Plastic Surgery and Skin Care
330 Borthwick Avenue, Suite 206
Portsmouth, NH 03801