Endings Become Beginnings

I am finally leaving Tujunga after being there since 1994. I am in the midst of cleaning out my office, shredding papers and reminiscing over weird yet nostalgic items that have accumulated in the basement over the last 27 years. It's shocking to me how fast the time has gone by, and I treasure many of the memories I have of being in my Normal Rockwell style medical practice in the early days. Times have changed, and I find that I need to reinvent myself every few years. Back in 2004, I added a cosmetic practice which became Be the Change Medispa. We sold our medical practice in 2012, and over the last 9 years, the medical side slowly morphed into what is now Optum Primary Care. Be the Change Medispa stayed in Tujunga even after we sold the building in 2016, but now it is time to move again. I decided to share space with my nurse practitioner in Montrose, just a stone's throw from my medical office. I'm not quite ready to hang it up yet, even though I think about it from time to time. I still love seeing and talking to patients. I have found there is a fine balance between working too much and working too little. I actually found that working fewer hours makes me a better physician, because I don't stay burned out, I have more resilience, and I have more to give to other people.

Purging the old stuff from my office is giving me a sense of letting go of the past. It's interesting how it makes I feel lighter after I threw out 13 trash bags of shredded papers. I think sometimes we need to do this - we need to sort through what we have accumulated and re-evaluate what we need right now. After a year of going through the Covid pandemic, it seems like everyone is shifting things in some way, relocating or doing something in a different way. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future brings.

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