In 2020, the pandemic lockdown and changes to my practice model made me feel empty and lost. I asked myself, “Is this is how I’m going to finish the last part of my career?”
Shortly after, I read a book titled “No Regrets: A Fable About Living Your 4th Quarter Intentionally”. It was about living the latter part of your life intentionally and with purpose. The author discussed 5 keys to living and dying with no regrets.
- Say Yes even though it may be uncomfortable. By stretching yourself you will find growth.
- Focus on your passion, talents, and gifts.
- Give of your time, talents, and treasure. The more you give yourself away, the happier you’ll be.
- Forgive those who rejected or hurt you. Forgive yourself.
- Be Open to life. Be open to what can be.
This book was partly responsible for my YES to step up and fill the vacant president-elect position for the San Diego County Optometric Society last year. I originally joined the SDCOS immediately after graduating Optometry school over thirty years ago and served on the board for eight years in the positions of public relations and professional affairs. I never moved up to the executive board because I didn’t believe I could. Thirty-two years later, I took a step to do something uncomfortable. No longer would I live with regrets. I wanted to give back to a profession that has been so good to my family and me. As president-elect, I attended for the first time the House of Delegates and Legislation Day. I personally witnessed how much work goes into the protection of our profession. Fighting and lobbying for our profession gave me an opportunity to be heard.
As president of the SDCOS, my focus this year was to return us to an in-person format. I always felt blessed to be part of a strong society where I could find mentorship and support from my colleagues. The society I knew brought new and seasoned ODs together for education and for comradery.
I would love for all of you to find ways to give back to our profession. One opportunity could be to volunteer as a delegate next year for the COA House of Delegates on Feb 9-10 or to participate in Legislative Day on Feb 24.
I am truly grateful for the support I received from our entire SDCOS board and for the opportunity to have served as your president. I have No Regrets!