Maleigha and I occasionally talk about how she has a pretty big personality, and she can be a lot to take in sometimes. She has the biggest heart, and everything she does has a little dramatic flair to it. With that being said, I have had to coach her in the past that she may not be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s okay as long as she is true to herself; don’t change yourself to fit in. In the last few months, she has developed a really good friendship with a fellow horse rider. In our discussion the other night, she shared that this friend matches her energy and she feels like she can be her true authentic self when she is hanging out with her. To me, this is what it means to be quirky. To be your true authentic self and own every little bit of it whether that personality is big or small, it is the true you.
I believe this exemplifies Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics as well. We are unapologetically ourselves with a commitment to our patients and a genuine caring for each other. This makes us different, and different in this case is good. I had the privilege of co-presenting at a conference this past week with Rachel Fletcher on our mental health program. We shared where the program started and where we are now. It was incredible to hear from the attendees how in awe they were of what we have built. It truly made me step back and appreciate our system’s ability to forge ahead and make things happen in the best interest of our patients. If being different and authentically ourselves means we are quirky, I never want to be anything else.