Due to the COVID pandemic, there is so much uncertainty. Including how I am going to help my own two kids learn, be a mom, be a wife, and be as best of an SLP as I can be right now. Truth is…I don’t know how to do it. I have no clue how this is all going to get done.

First and foremost, I am thankful we are healthy. I don’t want to come across as ungrateful for this. I have friends battling big things at this time.  My balancing act right now is small.

I wanted to cast this out to the speech therapy community:

What is your “Why”?

Why did you become a speech-language pathologist? Why did you pursue graduate school? Why did you study forever for that praxis exam? My “why” is spending time with people with developmental disabilities as a little girl. I volunteered with a great local organization helping kids with disabilities ski, raft, ride horses, etc. I believe in communication to connect and engage with others. I believe everyone needs this and deserves this.

Share with us. What is your why? I bet, together, we have a lot in common. But that focus on our “Why” is what will help us get through this time of uncertainty. It will help us find that first spark of curiosity and determination for this field. My challenge is that you write that down on a little note and put it in a place that you can see. Reflect often.

We are in this together.

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