What's the point?
What is the point in me writing these blogs?
Week in and week out I post, sometimes they get a few reads, sometimes a few more, but regardless of the numbers, I’ll keep posting.
I could say that I’m doing it for myself, like Colin Campbell who’s excellent blog I’ve followed for a few years now, but that doesn’t really feel genuine to me.
Equally, it doesn’t feel right to say that I’m writing for someone else in particular.
The point is, I guess, that I want to make a difference. I am truly blessed in that I love what I do. I get the opportunity every day to help people, sometimes by filing a tooth, sometimes by providing life changing treatment to give someone the confidence back in their smile.
Not everybody feels like this, or for those that do, like me they’re probably looking for ways to push themselves on to the next level. I certainly feel like I have many more levels to reach and that’s why I keep reading, blogs, books, articles, and listening and learning from everyone at every opportunity, anywhere that I can learn and draw more inspiration.
Now, I want to do what I can to help other dentists and anyone else out there who takes the time to read my ramblings. Whether this is a life changing revelation, someone realising that they’re not alone in having highs and lows, a new perspective on an old issue, a change in attitude, quashing a bad habit or starting a good one, or just a random post that might make someone smile for a fleeting moment.
If one post has helped one person in some small way towards a happier life as a dentist or as a human (as we all know, most dentists aren’t actually human after all).
At its core, the essence of everything is education. Education isn’t ticking the next eCPD box or going on another course to learn the next latest technique to bond your white fillings on that little bit stronger.
It's growing and learning and developing and progressing.
It’s maintaining that forward momentum so that you are able to better serve the world and everyone in it, not just our patients, but our families and loved ones. You don’t have to save all the best bits of you for work, give some to your family!
It’s learning to love what you do and taking pride in how you do it.
The outcome of writing this blog could be measured in the number of people who read it, but this really doesn’t mean anything at all. What matters is the process. What matters to me is that I continue to grow, and develop, and my writing is a huge part of this. Dedicating time to reflect and write my little blog every week gives me the chance to share a small piece of me that one day may just make a difference somewhere to someone and that’s good enough for me.