Update from Elise “Down Under”!
Well here I am again, this post coming later than I had anticipated since the last one. I write this as a free woman, as of today I have completed my exams for the year and am officially on holiday. That crazy busyness leading up to exams and then suddenly it is all over. I have to say this year has gone incredibly quick, and hard to believe that at one point last year I was still in England waiting ever so eagerly to pursue my dream of becoming a Chiropractor.
This year has been filled with many new experiences, lessons learnt, people met. In total I feel as if I am moving closer towards the goals I have set for myself. Of course none of this would have been possible without all those that surround me, my family in England, my friends and extended family here and my sheer determination to keep pushing myself to the next step of the journey.
This year has not been without its difficulties, and having your immediate family on the other side of the planet has been a part of that, but I believe it has helped me to grow. I probably wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my wonderful Chiropractic ‘family’ that I have grown so close to here. Dr Nick Laurie, my local Chiropractor, has helped to keep me motivated as well as keeping me in tip top health with adjustments (which was incredibly useful during exam time, I actually got an extra adjustment the week of my exams) My fellow Chiropractic students and I have shared the highs and lows together.
This sounds like a pretty epic post, but I just feel that your goals in life are never achieved without the input of others, and in that respect I want to thank everyone.
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Chiropractic Lyceum here a little while back. It is put on by the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and is a weekend of inspiration, philosophy, fun, excitement and reconnection with fellow man and Chiropractic itself. I left the seminar feeling my purpose and focus had been renewed.
Just a couple of thoughts I would like to share from this fantastic weekend:
Our difference is not a liability but our greatest asset. This quote coming from Dr Jeff Spencer, Lance Armstrong’s personal Chiropractor. Lance Armstrong has been different from all the rest in terms of the Tour De France, and this is also his greatest asset. Chiropractor’s do what is different from any other health profession, and I want to fully embrace this as a strength and not a weakness, what we do is a science, art and philosophy a fully rounded health modality.
Another favourite speaker of that weekend was Jean Paul Pianta, who has been mentioned on the blog before. He was such a wonderful man, and was talking about seeing the humanity, it made me want to give back more wholly and humanly when I finally do become a Chiropractor.
And lastly, Liam Schubel who was so on fire it blew me away, he envisions a world where everyone receives Chiropractic and is functioning at their optimum. What a fantastic place to be, and I want to keep working at being at my optimum.
Which got me to thinking, being at our optimum is not a static point we just reach. It is a consistent and conscious effort on our parts to be functioning in all areas of our life at that level. Chiropractic has given me that edge in life to function at an optimum level through my nervous system and in turn affect all those other aspects to health. We not just a physical being, but connected on so many other levels, social, mental, spiritual etc.
As my dad has always said – you have only got one body, and when it wears out where are you going to live? It pays now and in the future to take care of yourself with Chiropractic.
Until next time…….Elise