There is a skit by comedian Michael McIntyre where he describes the difference between people leaving the house – those with kids and those without kids. Those without kids decide to leave the house and just get up put on their coats and walk out the door. And for those with kids it is about a 20min process involving looking for shoes, jacket zippers getting stuck, pulling kids out from under the bed…you get the point.
I think this skit has many applications to life. Everyone is eventually able to get out the door, for some it takes more of a choreographed dance then simply standing up and walking out the door.
While taking our classes and going through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy certification process my study partner and I were these two couples trying to get out the door. She did not have kids and I was in the middle of having babies. She decided that today she was going to study the wrist so she opened her notebooks and studied the wrist. I decided on that same day to study the wrist but in the process had to change a diaper blowout, read Clifford for the umpteenth time, and rescue a car out of the toilet. We both got our studying done but it looked different for each of us. There is no one way to walk out the door.
This is not to say that those without young kids have an easier time studying. Everyone has challenges and zippers that get stuck and slow you down, my partner was opening her own practice while studying. At times we would look at each other and say “I have no clue how you balance all that.” No matter what phase of life you are in it is a balancing act. NAIOMT knows that you are a person outside of NAIOMT and we want you to be that person and have balance! These manual therapy classes are designed to help you do just that.
–Stacy Soappman, PT, DSc, COMT, FAAOMPT
The North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy
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