The other day I treated a patient with a very physical job. Unfortunately he had an injury that might keep him from doing the job on a long term, potentially permanent level. It wasn’t that he wasn’t getting better. It was that what he did in his job could easily re-injure the weakened area.
He loves his job. It occurred to me as I was working on him that the job he loves is the entry level for his profession. There are things he can do that allows him to do more of the work of the job without actually doing the physical part. It may include some paperwork but there seems to be lots of room for aspects of the job he loves.
I think of all the people I have known who feel so frustrated by their bodies because they can’t do what they love. What if we are all in a position to do something more rather than staying in the same place?