I can only speak for myself but I think it all begins with a vision. It is what we fantasize about when we are deciding what type of career we want to have and who we will become professionally. I think it’s the training process and the mark that our instructors make on us. I think it is the promises that are made to us about all the possibilities and the feeling that the sky is literally the limit. I think it is the insightful revelations about the work that we discover that keeps us on our toes, highly motivated and from ever being bored. I think it is thinking (even when it appears the opposite is true) that hard work is always rewarded. That if, we will just roll up our sleeves and put our noses to the grindstone, we will prevail, and, that one day, our dreams of success will be actualized. I think it’s all the special people (the professionals who are willing to mentor us) the one’s we relate to on common ground and the one’s we idealize and forever, try to impress that shape our professional identities and grow our careers. I think it is their long-term influence and how their philosophies change us because of their presence in our lives. I think it’s the opportunities that we risk to embrace and what we come to acknowledge as our professional and personal truths. It is the platform that the career gives us to demonstrate our level of courage and integrity. I think it is the way our clients and our patients make us feel and how we empower them with our therapeutic applications and the simple tenderness of our touch. I think it is the dignity and the respect we are shown by our peers or maybe it is the equal support we offer to them. I think it is the way we chose to practice and how it allows us to celebrate our unique talents and develop our skill sets so that we can better improve the quality of our life and the lives of others. I think it is the feeling of family we have when we are among our own at seminars and when we run into the same familiar faces that always attend our annual conferences. I think that it is when we are given a voice or the gift of writing and we use it to broaden the perspective of the field and participate in its evolution. It is all these things and more that make a career really exhilarating. Now, what do you think???