Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Ramblings of a Jetlagged Nomad

Just call me miss procrastinator. I flew in a week earlier than originally intended because I needed to finish up some continuing education courses to renew my dental hygiene license. Every two years I am suppose to have at least 25 units under my belt. Before I arrived I only had four units and I needed to finish the rest before the 21st of May.

Every year the California Dental Association (CDA) puts on a gigantic convention that features the cutting edge of dental technology at the Anaheim Convention Center right near Disneyland. Thousands of Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Assistants fly in from all over the world for this session.

Conventions are anything but boring. I have learned some new tips on how to give painless injections, how to manage difficult patients, how to be a better clinician chair side, and how to screen more efficiently for oral cancer. Maybe I am a geek but I enjoy lectures and can’t wait to get into Dentistry School. Conventions also serve as a place for me to see familiar faces like my hygiene colleagues and dentists I have worked with in the past.

I have been in class on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. I count today as my first day of vacation mainly because I got a chance to sleep in and recover from being jetlagged. Everyone is right about how nothing really changes when you are away. The usual morning traffic gridlock on route 91, everyone’s hectic schedules during the week, and people in general haven’t changed except that maybe they had more kids while I was away. Other than that it is the same game that continues.

Traveling and being away from my comfort zone has opened my eyes to see that I could really be anywhere I want to be. The world doesn’t seem so big anymore and the possibilities are endless. The concept of feeling at “home” is still foreign to me. I guess I am still searching for where I belong. Until then I’ll be wandering.


BoReGo said...

Enjoy your vacation Bev. Wherever you wind up, you'll make the world a better place.

Melissa said...

It's amazing how small the world becomes you you become nomadic, isn't it? God will put you just where he wants and needs you, so no need to worry!

Anonymous said...

All the best Bible characters were nomadic for a time. Moses, Abraham, Joseph, David, Jesus. Even Esther felt out of place in the palace. But one thing they all had in common was their Destiny Holder. Each story had unique twists and turns, but for those who stayed faithful there was a happy ending. You've got a great story ahead of you.

By the way, we miss you. Sorry we didn't do anything fun before you left.

Take care.

Mai said...

Home. Yes, that's an interesting word with so much familiarity, yet such an illusive definition. I know the feeling. But you're right, there's so much in this world for us to do and there's so many places that we can go. I think sometimes God gives us several options that we can choose from, all equally blessed by Him and He leaves it up to us. He just wants us to be happy and as long as we're working for Him, He'll continue to be the light for our path. Continue wandering. You'll find what you're looking for!

Anonymous said...

I dedicate the following lyrics to you, Bev:
"Roamer, wanderer
Nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will
But I'll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind anywhere
And I'll redefine anywhere
Anywhere I may roam
Where I lay my head is home"
My best friend said that I was on his mind the first time he heard this song because at the time I was nomadic and had no home. Here's to you since you are now a citizen of the world in your own wanderings.

Sean said...

. . .and then there these lyrics:

"I have run, I crawled, I have scaled these cities walls. . ."

There's wondering in the looking and joy in the journey. . .we missy you!

Anonymous said...

not all those who wander are lost. :)