Over the weekend I was working on my essay for my PT school applications and I thought the prompt was something interesting to share.
Physical therapy is all about movement of the human body. Specifically improving or optimizing movement of the human body. The essay prompt addresses using the optimization of movement to improve life, or “the human experience” as they put it.
While working on my essay I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on the importance of movement and the important role it plays in our ability to live our lives. Of course my essay focused on how I hope to improve the movement of my (future/ hypothetical) patients, but it got me thinking about what movement means to me in my life.
I’m personally fortunate enough that the movement I need to get through my day to day tasks is not something I need to consciously think about. I can get out of bed, get myself dressed and get through my day in an efficient and pain free manner (something I hope to never take for granted!).
When I think about movement for myself, I think about running. I think about yoga. I think about taking Madison for a walk.
These are the things I enjoy doing. These are the things that I feel improve my human experience.
I thought a lot about how movement, or “optimized movement” means something different to each person depending on their situation. Their history. Their goals.
What are your goals?
What is the journey you want to take?
What do you need to get there?
What movement do you need
to live your ideal human experience?