If you can’t say something nice…

Do you ever have one of those weeks where it feels like everyone you run into is trying to knock you down??  I know it’s only Monday, so I guess it’s a bit early to say my “week”, but for this purpose we’ll say the last 7 days or so.

**Fair warning – this post contains some venting, so if you’re not in the mood or you have enough of your own stuff you’re dealing with right now feel free to take a pass for today, no offense taken!

It started last week in yoga where I struck up a conversation with a nice “older” woman (I only say older since she was older than me, she wasn’t OLD).  After class we began talking about a yoga pose that can help alleviate migraines, then on to how I just finished my yoga teacher training and am taking classes towards going back to school for physical therapy.

Well nice “older” woman took it upon herself to lecture me about how physical therapy really isn’t “where it’s at” and if I want to go into something health related I should consider nursing or physicians assistant.  I smiled (biting my tongue), nodded (trying control myself from smacking her) and said it was nice meeting her and hopefully we’d run into each other in another class soon (or not).

Then last Friday I went to talk to someone at my school to try to confirm if I am taking the correct classes.  This woman was rude, unhelpful and appeared to do everything she could to make me feel like a complete idiot.  She seemed to have no idea what I was asking for and just when I thanked her for her “help” and went to leave she pulls out a packet of information detailing EXACTLY what I was looking for that apparently just happened to appear in her desk drawer.  Thanks for your help you – (TONGUE BITING).

Today I went to speak to another professor and it was basically a repeat performance of Friday, except this teacher had the nerve to tell me that “physical therapy programs are very competitive” and maybe I “should go home and do a bit more research before I make any decisions”.

RESEARCH??! DO MORE RESEARCH!?  I have binders full of information printed out lady!  I have spreadsheets tracking my prerequisites and logs documenting my observation hours.  I would hope I did some research before leaving a good paying full time job to become a poor, unpaid student for the next 5 years!  (I mean heck, I even have a 5 Year Plan posted right here on the blog!)

PT Binder

EXHIBIT A: Binder with DPT prerequisite information for each school
and documents tracking my observation hours and classes.
Take that you cranky witch (witch may not have started with a W in my head thought…)

Honestly, my poor tongue, because I had to bite it so damn hard not let her have it (although my hand almost got away from me when I considered punching her).

I came home and went running to try to calm down and then I saw this tweet from Emily and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect:

I realize that in the grand scheme of things these 3 lovely ladies mean nothing to me and most likely I will never have to interact with them again, so I’m trying not to let it bother me.  But why??  I mean really, why did they all feel the need to discourage me when they easily could have just said, “that sounds lovely dear, good luck with that”.

Ok, enough of that.  I really do try to stick to posting only information that you’ll all find helpful and interesting, but I just needed a moment there.  And to thank you all for sticking with me for my venting session, I present…

another picture of Madison!

This would be her escaping the bathtub today while I was giving her a bath…

The Bathtub Bandit

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23 thoughts on “If you can’t say something nice…

  1. Sorry to hear about your week Dani, and there is no need to apologize for venting, we all need that outlet every now and then. People like that used to really bug me too, but I am getting better and mostly now I just smile in the knowledge that they are probably leading miserable lives and far worse off than me. People love to dish out advice and opinions hand over fist and they are often the people that have absolutely no insight into their own character or behaviours. I think you are courageous to have made the move back to school and I think you will totally rock your studies and find a great career in physical therapy! Have faith that it will all come together for you, oh and never forget that you are AWESOME! – Simone

    p.s. Madison just oozes so much cuteness.. I love seeing her pics!! 🙂

    • I agree, I think people who treat others this way are just unhappy with themselves, unfortunately I’m not always that good at just letting it roll off my back and not bother me. Thanks for the support!

  2. Sorry to hear about your experiences. Don’t let it get to you. I’ve learned as long as you’re passionate about what you do, the doors will open. You totally got this!

  3. Ish, I am sorry you’re having that week. I’m hoping my awful week is done…Sunday I ended up in tears because my friend wanted me somewhere an hour before I was originally told to be there….I think everyone is just stressed right now. I’m glad you were able to bite your tongue and not saying “witch” with a letter variation. Way to go!! Keep your chin up, everything will happen as its supposed to!

  4. What is it with people this week? I’ve had my share of tongue biting (hence the tweet! :)) Glad it helped you as well! Venting is good – I always think of venting as releasing the negative out. Here’s to a better week!

  5. Every time I encounter a mean, rude, or otherwise yucky person I always think, “Wow, they must be really unhappy.” Then I feel bad for them instead of letting them make me feel bad. Sometimes, venting is necessary 🙂 P.S. Cinderella HATES the bath too!

    • Funny thing is she actually likes the bath, I think she just thinks jumping out of the tub and running from me is part of the fun! She’s so small she’s hard to catch sometimes (especially when she’s all wet!)

    • Haha, your comment made me chuckle…love the idea of having my own little piece of the internet to do what I want with, never thought if it that way! Thanks

  6. I could give that first “lady” a piece of my mind!! I congratulate your restraint, I think I’d have let her have it!! I mean thanks for downplaying your whole life plan, I’m sure you really appreciate that. Hope tomorrow is better!

    • Trust me, there have been a lot of people this week I’ve wanted to give a piece of my mind…that’s exactly what I was thinking, “this is my entire life plan we’re talking about! How would you like it if I told you your life plan sucked!” And unfortunately yesterday was almost worse…I may shoot you an e-mail to explain later since you’re familiar with this whole process.

      • Of course!! E-mail me any time seriously!!
        Another one you’ll get a lot is “why don’t you just go to med school?” Hummm….maybe because thats not what I want to do…but thanks!

  7. I’m so sorry. I’ve definitely had plenty of experiences like this and it takes everything in my power to not say something. (Remind me to tell you about what the owner of a liquor store said about my choice of bottles of wine and wedding favors…OMG!) Usually, I end up spending the next hour dwelling on all the things I could’ve/should’ve said. It’s really good that you were able to go for a run and take out your frustration elsewhere. My typical response to this time of thing is “you want me to kick their butt (usually using another word)? They’ll never see it coming from me!” Offer stands for you too 🙂

    • Haha, trust me, if I wasn’t worried about needing this teacher’s help in the future I would have probably let her have it! Maybe I’ll bring you along as back up next time I have to meet with her : )

  8. I think physical therapy is just as “where it’s at” as other professions and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Desire and hard work is what any field requires, and if you have those, you will succeed. PT is a great job.

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