At this clinic, off the beaten path and far from the madding crowd, I learned the art of acupuncture and healing. Patient by patient, day by day, I honed my skills, tested what I learned in the classroom, and gave myself to each of my cases examining, diagnosing, treating, and prescribing medicine that heals body, mind, and spirit.
Here I was tested and challenged beyond my capabilities, but guided by helpful friends and teachers who served as mentors in my journey, I learned the art of balancing Qi to cultivate health and wellbeing. Here, also, I discovered a new passion and a love for healing to last the remainder of this lifetime — a gift few are awarded. Yet, all good things must come to an end and now the student must learn to chart his own course and find his way in the world.
Today is my last day as an intern at Pinprick Abbey, my pet name for this clinic. After my last patient, I will pack my bag, fold my lab coat, and venture into a future of my own. Armed with my teachers’ best knowledge, I’ll seek to practice and continue learning this age-old wisdom passed on by the ancients to students like me. I’ll look to my days at the Abbey with fondness and gratitude, as I face the future with hope and expectation.
What is certain today is that while this may feel like the end of a story, it is but the start of a lifelong journey.