I woke up early this morning to tackle the day. So much to do; so much to sort and figure out. Now that school is done and I don’t have to worry about Monday tests and final exams every five weeks, or have to attend the student acupuncture clinic practice, I’m left to figure out what the next chapter in my life is.
Without thinking too much about it I know the next step in the journey is studying for the board exams. The state of Florida requires acupuncturists and Oriental medicine doctors to pass four board examinations in order to issue a practice license, so for me the next stage is studying for the exams. As such, I’m getting ready, organized, and prepped to sit and review all the material I learned in the last three years, forgotten, and decided to wait until now to finally learn.
Today is about getting ready and fueling the fire. There’s much to do so I rose with the sun to start on a new, personal routine. With morning coffee out of the way, and somewhat awake and aware, I took up my meditation practice to calm and still the mind for the road ahead. Meditation grounds and centers me; it’s the one practice and activity that allows me clarity and space to see clearly and calmly. Sitting on my bench I can sort my feelings, fears, and anxieties and put them at ease. I can identify what troubles and causes me to feel restless and noting those emotions is the first step in deciding how to best manage them. Also, meditation allows me to connect with other meditators who, like me, must be wrestling with their own inquietudes; sitting quietly allows us to exchange metta and kindness with each other which, at the heart level, allows us to connect and help each other.
Tea in hand, I made a list of all the errands and distractions from studying I need to tend to today. First off, a trip to the frame shop to decide on frame options for my diplomas. My two degrees are the culmination of three years of intense studying and neglecting a social life. Completing the Oriental medicine program I just graduated from at my age is no small feat. Long were the days and hard the sacrifices that I made during that time to reach my goals. As such, I want to prominently display my diplomas so that when I feel discouraged or stumped when studying for the boards I can remind myself that, “Yes, I can do this,” and that the hard part of the journey is behind me. I’m proud of my achievement, but I’m not one to rest on my accomplishments and there’s much more work to be done in order to reach my next goal of practicing Oriental medicine.
Office Depot is the next stop. Now that most schools are back in session and their aisles are hopefully stocked with supplies again, it is time to organize my notes and clinic papers and sort them into folders and binders so I can review, study, and memorize all the information I need. Then, it’s off to lunch with my study partner to sort out our book notes and sources so we can refer to them while we study.
For the most part, it’ll be a busy day between the errands and the lonely time reviewing notes, writing flashcards, looking up information, digging up old class slides, and sorting myself to tackle the huge amount of information I have to wade through. But this is September (or almost), and this is the time of year I get back to business and become serious again. Gone are the beach reading days, the action pack blockbuster movies, and the lazy afternoon naps. It’s now time to get back to work again.
The road ahead is busy, fraught with tedium, and boring in places, but the rewards at the end of fall are plenty and dear to my heart’s desire. Off I go int the day to take the first steps in this ongoing journey.