So I live in Ottawa, and it has been snowing, or raining, or freezing, or doing something wintery for the past couple of days now, and it is cold. This just makes me want to stay at home. I just want to put on some warm and fuzzy socks, climb into bed, bury myself under a pile of cats and watch Netflix. Specifically Stranger Things, or Gilmore Girls (they're back!), Grey's Anatomy, or any sappy Rom Com I can get my hands on. I want to make a giant mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows (and Baileys?!) and never leave the comfort of my giant down blanket.
Alas, I need to work because I'm a (supposedly) functioning adult and a contributing member to society. So I force my butt out of bed. I take a scalding shower, put on my scrubs (or my jeans, if I happen to be working from home for Smart Flow), race from my house to my car huddled in my winter jacket, and wait patiently for my car to warm up before turning up the heat full blast and pretending that I'm warm. Mind you, I know that I live in Canada and I'm supposed to enjoy and cherish winter, go play in the snow and go ice skating, but I sometimes I just can't deal. Besides, I can't ice skate for the life of me. (My balance is atrocious!)
So for the days that I just don't feel like getting out of bed and going into the cold, I need to find some motivation. Sometimes it's rewarding myself with a nice, giant, extra hot cup of peppermint mocha from Starbucks, sometimes it's going for a detour before work to see Christmas lights.
More often than not, it's knowing that by going to work at an emergency veterinary clinic, I could help to save the life of someone's loved family member. By going to work, I can help ease an animals pain, I can help end suffering. I can console clients, or celebrate with them. I can help someone cope with the reality of their dying pet, or give someone the good news that their pet is stable and in the clear. I can perform CPR to get an animal back from the brink of death, or hold their paw when it's their time to cross the rainbow bridge. I can help give a veterinarian the tools to diagnose a problem. The list goes on..
By working in a vet clinic, I help animals, I comfort both animals and humans alike, and I am a part of a great team. That's enough motivation for me.
If you feel the same, or have other motivation factors that get you out of bed, I'd be glad to hear it! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
Stay warm everyone!