Saturday, September 6, 2008

Choosing Between Good and Good...

Is the tough decision Justin had to make last weekend. Good vs. Good was General Dentistry vs. Specialty. It's too bad that someone can't tell you, "The best option for you would be..." Instead you end up having to rely on your gut feeling. Especially when you're the one who is going to have to actually get in the patients mouth and do the work.

Justin received his call of acceptance to his #1 top program for Perio last Friday night. Exciting right? Right! Yeah! Congratulations! All his hard work paid off! Then there's the flip side... more pressure to make a decision. This entire summer he has been going back and forth trying to figure out what would make him the happiest as far as his occupation goes. Both general and specialty offer such great opportunities. He could see himself doing and liking both, and struggled to get that "epiphany" type experience to help him go one way or the other. Being caught in the middle of the two, he continued with his applications and interviews, hoping that somewhere within the process he would eventually feel stronger about one over the other. When the epiphany never came and the acceptance had been extended, it looked like freedom of choice was the only option. After putting pros and cons, procedures vs. procedures, etc. all down on paper, he muled over it for 24 hours. Although, specializing is a great opportunity and intrigued him, he was drawn more towards general and felt general dentistry would make him excited to get up and go to work each day. That's what it's all about right? Being excited about what you do?

We, the kids and I, were happy either way. (which didn't really help his situation) We are proud of him and the hard work he puts into what he does. I think no matter what he chooses he goes in and gives it his all, so he was bound for success either way.

The saying goes..."If momma ain't happy, then nobody is happy!" For our cause though..."If Justin is happy, then we are happy! Bring on that GPR...

10 comments:

li'l mil said...

Ugh, what a tough call to make! Don't you sometimes wish you could go to a psychic and look into her crystal ball??

I'm glad he figured it out (even if he just tossed a coin!) and you guys will be successful and happy no matter what he ends up doing.

Patrick and Paige said...

so where does general dentistry take you? I am glad that he made a decision and hopefully Dentisry brings you here to Oregon. We miss you. Congratulations!!

brit said...

at least someone else did not just make the decision for you. i am sure, like you said, there was no wrong way. i bet you are just glad to know what is next. good luck with everything!!!!

Ginnie said...

I wish our live's came mapped out for us. Seriously, make everyones live's a little easier :)
I hope you're able to make a decision. Not fun, but you're right it's a choice between good & good.

Krystal said...

I feel for you, I hate making big decisions. It just seems like too much at times. This whole real world thing is not all that fun. Sometimes Dent. School is easier. I miss those days. NO not really miss them, but it was good times. I mean who wouldn't miss the good old Colony. The brown water, cold water, etc... Well it looks like you know what your doing. Tell Justin good job, and yes he will be good with whatever he does. Best of luck with things.The GPR and all. Miss you.

carlee said...

Tough isn't it. Good for you guys for making a decision and good for you girl to be so supportive of your lover. That's all you need is eachother and everything is dandy. Justin is a lucky man to have you support him either way. miss you guys

just me (Angie) said...

congratulations on your acceptance, and whatever you decide you guys will be fine. I wish all our hard decisions came to us just like that pooof, but I guess thats life.

thomfam5 said...

So, a GPR, huh? Andy and I were glad we did one and he can always go back and specialize later if he wants. Decisions, always hard though. Way to go Justin!

Brian and Marnae Powell Family said...

I think he should just bag the whole darn thing and be a rodeo clown. Totally low stress, no schooling and lots of fun for the kids!

Janell said...

Congrats to Justin! How great to get into your #1 choice! I know how hard you both have worked to get to this point. Even if he decides not to specialize, it's great to look back and be able to say that he did his very best...he'll be a great dentist...no matter what type of dentist he decides to be.