I’m going all in

I usually try and keep my posts as relevant to pharmacy practice as possible. This post is not that far off base. I do hope you will follow me.

This holiday season has been a very out of the ordinary one for me. I lost a very dear friend of mine. He was only 44. I want to talk about him for just a moment. I do not want to dwell on his illness or the past few months but rather on his spirit. Myles was a gambler. He was always looking for the next bet. The only time I ever saw him lose his cool was at ME in a Texas hold-em style card game. Myles did not like for anyone to “go all in” on cards unless your hand was appropriately suited. Once I went in on a 2 4 off suit and beat him on the flop card. He did not like that! Was not the way it was supposed to go! He threw his cards down and stormed off as I giddily swept up his poker chips. I will always remember that night. I beat Myles at his own game. I did not follow the so-called “rules” and the outcome was not what anyone expected.

Secondly, my parents do not fully understand what I do. They are more than supportive and always ask “how was work?”. Over the dinner tablet tonight we discussed the past year’s events. We talked life and career and family. Do you want to know what my mom finally said to me? She said “never settle”. “Jamie never settle on anything you do not feel is 100% your direction”. Life is a crazy ride. I am not saying I have followed the straight and narrow, but I will say I have reached out and grabbed everything presented to me. My parents have been so supportive of my different outlook on things. The only thing they ask of me is if I truly believe in something then “dedicate yourself to it”. We must give it all we’ve got!

As promised, this does come back to pharmacy. Pharmacy is a practice. It is an occupation for most of us. I hope we can encourage each other to create the type of career we want in “pharmacy” and what we really want “pharmacy” to be. We are all very proud to answer the question “what do you do for a living?”. Let’s make every pharmacist out there proud. I challenge each of us to never settle. What did you go to school to accomplish? How do you want to effect change? Change is not created from simply following protocol and crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s. Change makes a difference. And to make a difference you have to approach things differently.

Your inspiration may come from a friend, a parent, or a mentor. I am not sure why you do what you do. All I want to do is encourage you to make your inspiration proud! Show them what you are made of! Create, innovate, and PRACTICE pharmacy! I am going all in this year. I hope you will join me! #NeverSettlePharmD

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