Growing Up

By: Adam Clark, DPT


           Do you remember being asked as a child “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  If you were like me, that answer has changed many times.  For me, it was to be a professional golfer-the next Tiger Woods.  As I matured, my putting stroke didn’t, so I figured it was a good idea to come up with a plan B.  I quickly realized I wanted to do something in healthcare, and after a few sports injuries, physical therapy seemed like a good fit for me.  Fast-forward to now and here I am nearly 4 years in a profession I chose to pursue roughly 10 years ago.  So now the same question presents itself-what do you want to be when you grow up?  It’s a question that arguably gets more important the more we ask it.  Do we ever truly grow up?  Is growing up a set point that we reach, or is it a continuous process that we must constantly strive to reach? I would argue the latter. 

          One of the 6 core values of Dynamix is to “cultivate growth.” We do this by realizing the need for continued development in all facets of life.  Professionally, I look back at my first year at Dynamix.  I was an intern finishing up my undergraduate work stressing about getting into a physical therapy program.  Looking back now, I knew so little about this profession I was pursuing.  Every stop from there came with a reality check that there was so much more room to grow.  I am grateful for this culture of growth established at the foundation of this company.  As defined earlier, cultivating growth encompasses all facets of life.  Growth as an individual shouldn’t stop just at the professional level, but at the spiritual and personal level, as well.  Striving to be a better spouse, a better parent.  Pursuing to make relationships meaningful. 

          In conclusion, I challenge you to ask the question, what do you want to be when you grow up?  Growing up isn’t a set destination with a beginning and an end. It’s a continuous process that isn’t attained, but something to strive for everyday.   Set goals and once they are reached, make new ones.  Continue to cultivate growth in your life and this growing up thing will be worthwhile.

          Sometimes, we get so busy and in such a routine that we forget to reflect on how much has changed, how much we have grown. I know I’m guilty of it.