Finding yourself

he said to me last night “I don’t know what happened to you” I let the comment pass as it was late and I was heading to bed. I didn’t dwell on it overnight but this morning spoke to him and said “how can you not know what happened? I was terminated from my job with no warning as they closed the office down, I believed my work defined me, I loved selling in the medical industry and I was good at it. I then moved to the country to be with you and felt like I had lost most of my identity as well as people I thought were friends.” I have worked through this now but it was a mental struggle for about 2 years whilst I adjusted. I still don’t know that I have adjusted but I am begining to fit in. Though the people are friendly no one ‘pops’ in or I can’t just ‘drop over’ to other peoples / friends places. In the country it is an “outing” one must arrange and plan for. You can’t catch a cab 50Km north east of Keith to get “home”.

I have taken the cause of the Keith Hospital as a pet project to occupy the time I have free. I feel challenged and worthwhile, not for anybody else but for me. I don’t know that we will achieve anything more than gaining a high profile for the hospital  and making the Government feel a little uncomfortable. we have raised over $400,000 so far and need to continue to do this. But for our passion and the residents I feel a connection to, there is little relief in site to the constant fund raising. I welcome anybody’s suggestion or donation, please do not hesitate to contact me for  unlike the SA Government we are open for business 24/7 have free parking and services to share. We would also LOVE another Dr if you happen to be looking for a country change.

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  1. Sometimes it is easy to get ‘lost’ and not be able to find yourself. How can our partners know what has happened to us, when sometimes we don’t even know this ourselves? Moving into a rural area can be quite difficult, as these communities are so ‘close’ and on the surface appear to be very friendly and open, when in fact (and I can say this as I grew up in the country), they can be very ‘closed’ and it is quite hard to ‘outsiders’ to fit into them. Not many people just drop in to visit in the city either any more, so I don’t think that is very different. Perhaps because almost everyone works away from home and we have all become too busy. Even those of us who don’t get paid to work and have become volunteers or activists! Friendship is a hot topic on my blog too, and seems to be one we all keep learning about. Keep up the good fight for the Keith Hospital; I would like to refer to how they ‘treat’ their elderly residents in one of my talks in London as it was quite exciting to hear how they are doing it. Good on you for being so involved.

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