What makes me different? I get real about Dentistry.
I thought I had my life all planned out. I thought I knew myself well enough to trust in my plan, but I was all wrong in so many ways. While I knew I wanted a stable, comfortable, and successful life, buried deep inside of me was someone who longed for creativity, spontaneity, and adventure. I took the safe path and chose to be a dentist because I knew it would provide the perfect life that I could fit neatly into a box. I was going to be happy, I was going to help people, and I was going to have a dream lifestyle to go along with my dream career.
Something went wrong along the way because that’s not how it turned out. Instead I ended up trapped in the wrong life– the wrong career. During the 10 years I practiced dentistry, it appeared as if I had it all. From the outside it seemed I was thriving in a noble career that helped so many people, earning an amazing income, cultivating happy personal relationships, and living in total freedom. I had it all, or so it seemed. I had all those things, but I was far from feeling happy and fulfilled. Instead, I dreaded my days in the office. I wasted away my nights, worrying about the days that surrounded each night. I lived for vacations, only to be even more depressed when I had to come home and face the reality of my life. I was worried all the time– worried about work, worried about my patients, and worried that I couldn’t save enough money to retire early enough. For years I secretly suffered through each day, hating about myself the very thing that I had come to use to define myself: being a dentist.