As of late, I’ve had more and more contact with one of my heroes, Steve Whitehead of The EMT Spot. He’s an amazing supporter of GenMed and is constantly encouraging all that I do. What he told me and Jeremiah via e-mail rant struck a chord with me.
“You’re not stealing anyone’s thunder. You’re making thunder. I like the
way it sounds.”
For so long I’ve felt like I had to tiptoe my way in with all of these well established professionals. I came on scene just a few months ago with guns blazing, running my Southern mouth as usual. People started noticing, projects started shaping, and I am where I am today. I host a super cool podcast, I write a fun blog, I have a fun time on Twitter… and people listen, read, and watch for some odd reason. Ok, maybe not odd. I am a unique person, I get that… but the fact is, I never felt like I was making great strides until Steve said that to me. A professional whom I look up to so incredibly much *listens* to my show. Not just as background noise, he listened and gave me feedback.
What now? People are listening… I’m not just yelling into an empty room with my co-hosts. People can hear the shouting. They take part in the screaming. Can I live up to their expectations?
Yes. I know I am just this small town girl, but I believe in myself and my colleagues above all things. We can be the change. No, not *be* the change… we ARE the change right now. Not in a year, not in 3 years, not next decade, we are shaping EMS as we speak!
To my young readers: Don’t wait to be involved! Jump in now! This EMS 2.0 movement isn’t just for the generation above us, it’s ours, too. If anything, we should feel the NEED to be a part of it. We aren’t too young for a say in things, we’re still very much a large percentage of the active EMS population. Make thunder, don’t just steal it… because that truly is music to our ears!